According to Al Arabiya English, Basima Al-Shammar was in the middle of a news segment about municipal elections when she turned to get the latest from a reporter on the ground. A video that subsequently went viral shows Nawaf Al-Shiraki adjusting his gutra or traditional headgear as he appears on air. That's when Ms Al-Shammar says in Arabic, "No need to fix your gutra, Nawaf, you look handsome!" The word she uses is "maizyoon," which translates into "cute" or "handsome" in the Kuwaiti dialect. It's an off-the-cuff comment that the reporter appears not to hear or respond to.
Saudi Arabia's Arab News reports Ms Al-Shammar's comment was considered "flirtatious" by some. According to Kuwait's Al-Qabas newspaper, MP Mohammad Al-Hayef tweeted the Gulf country's Ministry of Information, writing that such a "slip of tongue" should not be tolerated on state television. That led to the ministry handing out a temporary suspension to the journalist, pending an investigation into the matter.
Mr Al-Shiraki said he had not heard Ms Al-Shammar's comment as he was busy fixing his mic and headset before he went on air. He defended his colleague's professionalism to Al Arabiya.net, calling her "modest and kind and one of the best media personalities." Click for more trending news
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