News an­chor in up­tight Kuwait sus­pended for ‘flirt­ing’ on air…

The East African - - OPINION -

A Kuwaiti fe­male news an­chor is serv­ing a sus­pen­sion for jok­ingly call­ing a male cor­re­spon­dent “hand­some” dur­ing a live TV broad­cast. Basima al-sham­mar was sus­pended by the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion be­cause she told her male col­league on live feed that he didn’t need to ad­just his tra­di­tional head­gear, ghutra, be­cause he was al­ready hand­some. The joke raised an up­roar among male politi­cians who ac­cused her of “flirt­ing” on air. Even af­ter hear­ing her ex­pla­na­tion, the min­istry sus­pended her and launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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