Egypt: Ever Art crosses Suez Canal on its first voyage    IFC loans Egypt's El Sewedy $150 million for more access to renewable energy in Africa    Gold prices in Egypt on June 29    Saudi citizens could enter Schengen countries visa-free    Egypt's Petrojet returns to Libyan oil sector after 11 years    Cemex, VeryNile sign deal for Egypt's Nile River    NATO remarks Egypt's role in maintaining stability in Middle East and Africa    Congo needs Egypt's expertise to diversify its economy – FPI official    Dostarlimab drug cures rectal cancer patient 100%, trials show    Egypt: A royal train turns into a new tourism attraction    Conclusions and Recommendations of the 1st edition of Africa Health ExCon    For the first time John Legend to perform in Egypt    Egypt discovers newly treasure trove of ancient artifacts at Saqqara Necropolis    Noura Al-Mutair – first Gulf female boxer in World Championships    Liverpool fans: "You'll Never Walk Alone" to Cristiano Ronaldo    Egypt to play key role in integrating water, climate issues globally – World Bank official    Egypt's telecoms regulator announces working hours for holy month of Ramadan    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Egypt's trade with Nile basin countries climbs 26% y-o-y in 9 months    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Despite apology, Coptic tycoon under fire
Published in The Egyptian Gazette on 28 - 06 - 2011

CAIRO -- Fourteen Islamist lawyers, spearheaded by Mamdouh Ismail who is leading the efforts to form a Salafist fundamentalist party, filed a complaint to the Chief Prosecutor against telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris, after he had posted a cartoon they found it offensive.
Sawiris, one of Egypt's wealthiest businessmen, who turned to politics after the January 25 revolution, posted a cartoon of Mickey Mouse with an Islamic beard, dressed in a short gallabiya, and another of Minnie Mouse, with her face veiled, on the social networking website Twitter. The comment: “Mickey and Minnie after” accompanied the cartoon.
"The images were very offensive and ridiculed the Islamic faith. That's why we have approached the Public Prosecutor against Sawiris," Ismail said. He added that the reason why they were suing Sawiris was not because he is a Coptic Christian.
"Insulting religion is criminalised by all divine faiths and Sawiris would not like it if a Muslim mocked the clothes of Christian clerics," said the lawyer.
Sawiris, who was the focus of attacks on social networking sites minutes after the posting, insisted that he meant no harm and simply thought the images were amusing. He then trashed the pictures. However, ‘Boycott Sawiris' groups were launched on both Twitter and Facebook and a Facebook group: entitled: ‘We were also joking, Sawiris' urged people to boycott his products.
One of the postings by the group read: “If you are a true Muslim, boycott his [Sawiris'] products if you love your faith. Spread the message, we have to cut off the tongues of those who defame our faith.”
After being repeatedly attacked for posting the photo, Sawiris wrote on Twitter: “I apologise to anyone, who didn't take this as a joke. I just thought it was a funny picture, no disrespect meant! as if [sorry].” The next day, he repeated the apology on Twitter, saying: “I at least apologised as I had no intention to mock any religion.”
Sawiris is the founder of the liberal Free Egyptians Party, established after the January 25 revolution. He also owns one of Egypt's three mobile phone operators.
Facebook and Twitter greatly helped Egypt's 18-day protests, which forced an end to the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. Through the two websites, subscribers urged people to take to the main squares and informed them of the latest news about what was going on”.

Clic here to read the story from its source.