14 June 2014

Egypt: Sexual Assault Video On Youtube Removed - Presidency

Cairo — YouTube has responded to Egypt's request to remove a cotroversial controversial video showing a group sexual assault incident that recently occurred in Cairo's Tahrir Square, said a presidential spokesman.

"According to the website's policy, all scenes through which the victim can be identified were removed," spokesman Ehab Badawi said.

Egypt had asked YouTube to remove the video in which the female victim is injured and completely naked while surrounded by groups of people in Tahrir Square. The victim was sexually assaulted last Sunday during celebrations of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's victory.

The British Independent newspaper considers that YouTube has rejected Egypt's request to remove the video since it only removed copies where the victim can be identified but kept others that show the incident but hide the victim's identity.

The assault incident occurred as thousands gathered in Tahrir to celebrate the victory of Sisi, raising fears concerning Egypt's commitment towards combating sexual violence against women.

After the video had been posted online, seven people were arrested on charges of involvement in the incident.

Copyright © 2014 Aswat Masriya. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.