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This Egyptian TV Host Was Sentenced to 3 Years In Prison For 'Promoting Single Motherhood'

Egyptian TV host, Doaa Salah, has been sentenced to three years in prison for "encouraging single mothers" on her talk show.

An Egyptian talk show host has been found guilty of "inciting infidelity and morality," and sentenced to three years in prison after being accused of "promoting single motherhood" during a segment.


In a segment of the "Dodi Show," entitled "Buy a Man," which premiered back in July, Doaa Salah, can be seen wearing a prosthetic baby bump and talking to women about ways that they can choose to have babies outside of a conventional marriage. Salah discussed a number of alternatives, including using a sperm donor, or getting married for the sole purpose of having a baby and splitting up afterwards. She also asked members in her audience if they had considered sex before marriage.

"You can chose to be a single mother before you get married," she said during her opening. She also noted that she chose to discuss the topic after viewing the film "I Buy A Man" in which a woman seeks out a sperm donor, reports The Loop.


The short sparked a public outcry, as many in the socially conservative nation, found her comments "adulterous" and "sexually immoral." In January, Hadir Makaqi, a woman married under "customary law," which is considered a non-legally binding union, was subject to online abuse after her husband abandoned her upon discovering she was pregnant. The incident caused a social media frenzy and the hashtag #ISupportHadir was created in support of the young mother.

The countries strict morality laws, also led to the arrest of 33 people accused of "inciting homosexuality" after waving rainbow flags during a concert. According to The New York Times, more than 65 people have been arrested in what is being called a crackdown against LGBT Egyptians.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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