Correction: Egypt-Homosexuality story

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Posted: Jan 04, 2015 11:03 AM

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Dec. 21 about the trial of 26 men in Egypt arrested in a televised raid by police officers looking for gays in a public bathhouse, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the panel of judges hearing the case summoned the television host who reported on the raid to testify. The judges made no such order.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Egypt court bars pictures in homosexuality trial

Egypt court bars photographers in trial of 26 men suspected of homosexuality after protest

By SARAH EL DEEB

Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court official says a judge has barred photographers from taking courtroom pictures of 26 men on trial in connection to their suspected homosexuality, after their families protested.

The case has captured public attention. Scenes of half-naked men covering their faces behind towels escorted by policemen out of a bathhouse were filmed and later aired in a late night TV program, causing an uproar among activists.

The trial opened Sunday to a raucous courtroom as families quarreled with journalists who attempted to photograph their relatives in the dock. The official said the panel of judges ordered the photographers out of the courtroom. The next court session is scheduled for Jan. 4.

He spoke anonymously because he wasn't authorized to brief reporters.