A photographer along with a model who shot a tempting photoshoot at Saqqara necropolis was arrested by the Egyptian police recently.
Salma al-Shimi, a dancer and a model, and the photographer Houssam Mohammad were reportedly arrested on Monday. According to the local media outlets the photoshoot is offensive and provocative. The photoshoot contained photos of Shimi posing in front of the stepped Pyramid of Djoser with a non-authentic Egyptian-inspired outfit.
As per the Middle East Eye, Mohammad admitted that the model had initially worn a robe at the entrance to the ancient archaeological site and removed it during the shoot. And also he said that some of the employees watched them while they shoot and not anyone requested them to stop.
Shimi, the model explained that she was unaware of the violations of rules due to such a photoshoot and she argued that she planned to promote tourism through the photos that were taken.
The secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt who deemed the photos inappropriate referred this matter to prosecutors.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, thoroughly said to the Al-Watan news site that people who disrespect the ancient Egyptian civilization would be punished for sure.
At present, the Egyptian police are on duty to find out the employee who was responsible for permitting both the model and the photographer to carry-on the photoshoot in the archaeological site, according to The Egypt Independent.