Egyptian minister offers cash rewards for TV shows to hide cigarettes, drugs

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Thousands of Egyptians pray the Taraweeh, a traditional prayer during Ramadan inside Amr Bin El-Aas Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, early 14 July 2015.

Egyptian minister offers cash rewards for TV shows to hide cigarettes, drugs


Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali announced her ministry would offer a reward of 1 million Egyptian pounds (about $100,000) to any TV series airing during the upcoming Ramadan that does not feature any smoking or drug use.

As reported by Al-Monitor’s Egypt Pulse, Wali's announcement came on the televised programme Hona el-Asema on CBC. The minister confirmed that she was taking this step because cinematic and TV productions exaggerate smoking and drug use in Egyptian society.
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