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An Egyptian Reporter Brought Her Son To Work And Everyone Has An Opinion About It

Egyptian journalist Lamia Hamdin says she is "shocked" by the reaction to the photo of her.

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This photo, of Egyptian reporter Lamia Hamdin, was uploaded to Facebook on Thursday when a Cairo University student named Mohamed Abdel Nasser saw her interviewing people on his campus.

Lamia Hamdin / Via Facebook: profile.php

Abdel Nasser said he had noticed the reporter carrying her son while conducting interviews. He created a hashtag which insulted the reporter, saying journalism is a job for those who couldn't get any other work.

Quickly, however, his post attracted comments by men who suggested that Hamdin, a woman, should be at home with her son.

The original post was taken down by Abdel Nasser, who said he didn't like the misogynist comments his post was attracting, (he had only intended to insult media, as a profession). But on other Facebook pages, debate continued.

Abeer Gamal, an Egyptian mother of two, posted the photo of Hamdin with a comment urging more Egyptian women to take to the workplace.

Facebook: ABEERGAMAL

On Twitter, some compared Hamdin to E.U. lawmaker Licia Ronzulli, who made headlines when she brought her child to a voting session.

ليه في ايطاليا منتقدوش نائبة البرلمان الأوروبى الايطالية ليسيا رونزولي ليه مجتمعنا خره كدا #لمياء_حمدين الأم مثالية

“Why didn’t any one criticize Licia Ronzulli?” asked @MuhammedGalalT.

Hamdin told BuzzFeed News that she was "shocked by the reaction" online. She said that her son had been released from school early that day, and she had nowhere else to take him. "I was off camera," said Hamdin. "The reaction to this has hurt me."

Sheera Frenkel is a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in San Francisco. She has reported from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and across the Middle East. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 4A53 A35C 06BE 5339 E9B6 D54E 73A6 0F6A E252 A50F

Contact Sheera Frenkel at sheera.frenkel@buzzfeed.com.

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