Two Iraqi television programs that sparked outrage by pranking celebrities with fake explosive vests and orchestrated kidnappings are suspended.
The Media and Communications Commission, which regulates the work of the media in Iraq, said that the programs “Tony’s shot” and “Tunb Raslan” violated broadcasting rules.
In one of the “Tunb Raslan” program, the actress lost consciousness for fear after she was attached to fake explosives.
Viewers criticized these programs as cruel and deaf given the continuing threat of armed violence in Iraq.
ISIS has lost its territory in Iraq, but continues to attack civilians and the army.
Another episode of “Tanb Raslan” showed Iraqi international soccer player Alaa Al-Mahawi, blindfolded and pleading for his life.
In response to criticism last month, one of the program’s co-creators, Dergham Abu Ragheef, said, “The scenes are harsh, but … had ISIS been victorious, the artists would have lived a much more difficult life, and all Iraqis as well,” according to what was reported by Agence France-Presse.
Prank shows are very popular all over the Arab world, especially during the month of Ramadan.
The channels often offer special programs of this kind to attract the audience while eating breakfast in the evening.
One of the most watched shows, by Egyptian Ramez Jalal, was criticized for going too far. And in one episode of his show, he tricked the celebrities into believing they were on a sinking ship, surrounded by floating body parts and an approaching shark.