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TV presenter jailed for 3 years for advocating premarital sex

An Egyptian TV presenter has
been sentenced to three years in jail after she discussed ways of
becoming pregnant outside a conventional marriage.

According
to BBC, Doaa Salah, a presenter on Al-Nahar TV, asked if her viewers
had considered having sex before marriage, and also suggested a woman
could marry briefly to have children before divorcing. .
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She
was charged and convicted with outraging public decency. Ms Salah was
also ordered to pay 10,000 Egyptian pounds (£430) in compensation. The
authorities said the ideas in the programme “threatened the fabric of
Egyptian life”, the EFE news agency reports. .
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Sex
before marriage is widely regarded as unacceptable in socially
conservative Egypt. Ms Salah suggested that a potential husband could be
paid for taking part in a short-lived marriage, and also spoke about
how sperm donation is an accepted method in Western countries – but not
in Egypt. .
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She was suspended from her
presenting job for three months in the aftermath of the broadcast,
before legal action was taken against her. The three-year sentence
follows an initial verdict which is open to an appeal.

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