The star Rania Youssef issued a press statement about her meeting with the Iraqi Al-Rasheed channel, which she visited last month and sparked widespread controversy, due to her statements about her back, the veil and religion, which led some lawyers to file lawsuits against her for contempt of religions, and set the session on February 21 to consider the first sessions Tried.
The text of the statement reads as follows: “It is customary that every profession has a strict and clear law that regulates it with specific clauses and articles, but it is known that every profession has a human honor pact in addition to rigid articles of law, as the honor code is tantamount to the shadow of the law, and the media honor code compels media workers to They respect their guests, and they respect their desire to inform themselves in the way they want, especially if these guests are famous and private society. “
Rania added: “In fact, I have taken a decision to limit or temporarily abstain from press or television interviews, especially those that rely on publishing the video recording via social media, seeking more views, as the culture of” trend “that often requires cutting and changing the content of speech. And showing compiled clips from the dialogue “Promo” gives a false and distorted meaning of what was said throughout the entire length of the dialogue, but after the insistence of an Iraqi broadcaster – with all my love and appreciation for the dear Iraqi people and the Iraqi public. “
Rania continued: “This broadcaster sent many and urgent messages that my meeting with his channel on New Year’s Eve will be a great victory for him in his field of work, and that the channel does not have the budget that makes it pay the sums that public figures and artists receive, and after constant insistence, I agreed to hold the meeting without any.” In exchange for my money and appreciation for the large Iraqi audience, but during the dialogue, I was surprised by some questions that we could call “thick questions,” so my automatic response was for me to answer with some sarcasm and laughter..
And Rania Youssef went on: “One of this quality is a question about the clothes of female artists in general at film festivals, and I replied with a sarcastic answer that was cut from its context, and I said confirming that I am laughing and not speaking seriously, and that is in the first segment of the minute 2.37 to 2.39. “Be laughing with you” and that is in the full version of the 50-minute episode, then I completed the answer .
The star Rania Youssef
Rania continued her statement: “My use of the noble Qur’anic verse was not.” As for the grace of your Lord, it happened, “It has anything to do with the context of the answer about the beauty of the artists or their clothes. Life, when you still have a sweet need, show it to people, “I mean in life in general, not the body.”
And she added: “As for the third point that aroused the feelings of those who heard the dialogue parted from its context, my answer was to a question about” the veil, “so I personally said that I do not think that I will wear the hijab, and this is a purely personal issue that has nothing to do with that I have issued fatwas in religion to others, and I have cited what we were We all see it, from old pictures and the 1960s parties, that it was rare to see a woman wearing a headscarf, and yet Egyptian society was conservative and open without looking at a shape or clothing, and this opinion remains a personal opinion that has nothing to do with the origin of religion, so saying this opinion or anything else is not an invitation It does not carry anything with it towards those who wear the hijab or those who have decided not to wear it. What was said remains in the space of purely personal opinion. “
Rania also explained: “In spite of that, after I finished conducting the dialogue, I called and sent messages to the broadcaster asking him to delete the veil question and his answer because I feared that it would cause confusion. After asking the channel and the director, he promised to delete this clip, but he sought to“ Trend ”at the expense of Whoever I received and his channel without any financial compensation and appreciation of the Iraqi people did not fulfill his promise and broadcast the entire meeting and I have all the written and audio messages exchanged after conducting the dialogue with the voice of the broadcaster that prove that I have been deceived more than once, and that he did not fulfill the promise in everything he said. A public figure can review what he said before broadcasting or publishing it as long as it is not broadcast, because it is possible for any person – and the artist is human – to make a mistake or remove his tongue with a word that does not carry any intention or intention for the meaning in which it appeared.
Rania Youssef indicated: “Accordingly, I was honored to meet Mr. Ahmed Nayef Rashid, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Arab Republic of Egypt, and submitted a complaint in which a complete file documented in voice, writing and dates for what happened in terms of cutting and deception before and after the dialogue, and also in the process of taking legal measures in the State of Iraq against “The management of the channel and against this broadcaster to preserve my rights, and against the deliberate distortion of my person that was issued by them, during an interview that will take place within days with His Excellency the Iraqi Minister of Information.”
Rania demanded that everyone not be judged by a hasty ruling based on fragmentary and distorted footage from the context of the dialogue, and she asked her lawyer to immediately start taking all legal measures in Egypt and Iraq, and to inform the competent authorities and the Supreme Council for Media about the deception and distortion of my dialogue, and I also offer my apologies. It is sincere to the masses of the Egyptian people, especially for everyone who saw or heard this segmented dialogue and thought that these meanings came from me, and I also offer them my apology for conducting the dialogue from the beginning with a broadcaster who was not trusted, but we live to gain experiences and learn. “
Rania concluded her statement: “So, I saw that I write this statement for the dear audience in my beloved country, Egypt, with which I always guard against everything that touches Egyptian art and artist with the aim of deliberate distortion, and from here I call upon all professional media professionals to join hands together to protect the prestige of the word. It is the only bridge for the artist to reach the conscience of his fans. “