Egypt’s top media authority investigates Ramadan TV series over language complaints

Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) opened an investigation into those responsible for producing and broadcasting the “Tawwos” (Peacock) series, after receiving complaints of the show’s language content.

According to the complaints, the show’s language does not conform with SCRM code, which bans degrading or spreading prejudice against Egyptian families.

The SCMR did not give details on the complaints, but the second episode of the series “The Peacock”, starring the artist Jamal Suleiman contains a rape scene of the character portrayed by actress Sahar Al-Sayegh.

The scene reached over one million views within seven hours of its release.

In a statement, the council affirmed that it hold important freedom of art, creativity, individuality, and aesthetic values, and does not place restrictions of any kind on these noble meanings, but at the same, time it works to purify the atmosphere and prevent images that offend.

The council said that dramas must adopt positive content that respects the values of viewers and avoids images that hurt the identity and cohesion of families or incite verbal and physical violence.

The council’s Drama Monitoring Committee carefully monitors a show’s content, the statement said, adding that it also receives complaints from citizens, critics, and writers.

“The Peacock” is shown daily on “Al Nahar” channel at 6:30 pm, 1:30 am, and 5:00 am.

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