Shnit, the Swiss-based international short film festival, announced yesterday that Al Kahera Wal Nas reporter Mona Iraqi will no longer continue her management duties for the institutions Egyptian franchise, PLAYGROUND in Cairo. This follows on from her role in the raid on a Ramses bathhouse consequently jailing 33 men in attendance for questionably ‘indecent’ acts.
Shnit posted on their website today:
As of its annual Council meeting on December 22th in Bern, the Board of Trustees of the shnit FOUNDATION, in accordance with Festival Director, has decided to exclute Mona Iraqi from the shnit International Shortfilmfestival immediately. shnit International Shortfilmfestival completely distance from and condemn the practices – professional and ethical – employed by Mona Iraqi as a TV reporter in the events of December 7th in Cairo. These practices are at utter odds with the principles of the shnit International Shortfilmfestival.
The Board of Trustees believes it is of great importance, however, to continue the shnit PLAYGROUND in Cairo, under new management and in line with the values of respect, tolerance and artistic expression without prejudice for which shnit has always stood. Commitment to these principles is a foundation of each and every PLAYGROUND and shnit’s management team around the world.
We thank again those who brought the issue to our attention, and to those who allowed us the due process to make an informed and considered decision.
After being accused as being a plotter and snitch in the whole debacle, many have put pressure on authorities for her to be reprimanded as a result of unethical and immoral participation in gross human rights abuses.