Nightclub deaths and moral TV

Television host Tamer Amin said the nightclub in which 16 people died in a fire on Friday morning is a place with demons everywhere.

Amin, who hosts Life Today on the Al-Hayah channel, said “it was bad luck that they died in a place where there are demons, women, alcohol and bars.”

The nightclub burned down in the early hours of Friday morning after some young men were engaged in an altercation with the manager of the club after they weren’t permitted entry.

They reportedly threw Molotov cocktails at the club in revenge, causing a fire that resulted in the deaths of 16 people and the injury of five others who were trapped inside the building, which only had one exit.

Despite his moral criticism, Amin said the nature of the place shouldn’t mean that it’s acceptable for people to gloat over the deaths. “Maybe one of the people was better than you or me,” he commented.

He also emphasized that the incident wasn’t a “terrorist, jihadi, islamist or Brotherhood attack,” but was merely bad luck, because people were trapped in the building.

Amin is known for his on screen moralizing, with a history of criticizing public figures for their acts in public. 

But he wasn’t the only one to question the nightclub. Host of the show, “What Next?” on the LTC Mubashar channel, said such crimes are common in “these sorts of places,” before airing footage of neighbors giving their opinions on the nightclub.

CBC anchor Lamis al-Hadidy hosted a segment on Saturday investigating the nature of the nightclub, in which she spoke to a local resident who said it was a restaurant and a security officer who said the venue has a license to serve alcoholic drinks and stay open until 6 am.

Many social media users were outraged over the reactions of television hosts to the incident, calling Amin and other hosts “pretentious” and “hypocrites.”

Three suspects confessed to throwing Molotov cocktails at the Agouza nightclub, the privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported.

The public prosecutor for Agouza ordered the detention of three young men for four days on suspicion of starting the blaze. 18-year-old Mohamed Emad Mohamed Ali, 19-year-old Mohamed Zaki Abdel Rahman and 19-year-old Mohamed Jamal allegedly confessed to throwing Molotov cocktails at the nightclub because the owner made fun of their appearances and wouldn’t permit them entry. 


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