January 18th, 2016, the Egyptian newspaper horrified us by publishing Facebook photos and details about Egyptian trans woman. For the cisgender ‘journalist’ who wrote this, it was just another day at the office as she befriended then betrayed the trust of the victims by exposing these woman in print to Egyptian society.
Trans Egyptians already suffer incredible daily hardships, scorned by society, vilified by media, rejected by physicians afraid of association, they live at the fringes of society without the most basic of medical care.
It’s unfathomable why they published these photos other than possibly vindictive retribution and further ostracization. It’s a shame, but not uncommon for the Egyptian media to stoop to such levels in their obsession to out scoop other media sources. Tragically this invariably results in the violation of privacy and the dignity of the victims.
Seeking fame and wealth.
They do this to fill the gap in their news getting increasingly personal scoops about trans woman, still one of the most controversial issues in Arab society.
Western media makes no mention of this.
The story began when one of those journalists published the photos of five trans women from their FB profiles in the 18 January 2016 print edition newspaper. The way that she wrote it clearly shows that how this journalist only wants to be famous without respect to the emotional state or safety of the trans woman. Arab society considers trans, gay or just bad people who should be punished and deserve to be exposed. This article will result in more disdain for transsexuals in Egypt.
Mubarakism without Mubarak.
This article is partially odious given the timing. The government is conducting a massive crackdown arresting and some say disappearing anyone they consider slightly dissident or different prior to the 5th anniversary of the Arab Spring. This in itself is a shame as the present Goverment of Egypt took over mainly thanks to the unity of Egyptians, sick of draconian governmental oppression.
Protests in Egypt began on 25 January 2011 and ran for 18 days. Beginning around midnight on 28 January, the Egyptian government attempted, somewhat successfully, to eliminate the nation’s Internet access, in order to inhibit the protesters’ ability to use media activism to organize through social media. Later that day, as tens of thousands protested on the streets of Egypt’s major cities, President Hosni Mubarak dismissed his government, later appointing a new cabinet. Mubarak also appointed the first Vice President in almost 30 years.