Cairo—Mona Iraqi, an outspoken filmmaker turned television presenter, goes in for the kill. She had been staking out a Cairo bathhouse for some time. A hidden camera had recorded enough damning evidence to condemn the place. And now it’s time for action. Iraqi and a cameraman join Egyptian security forces as they raid the hammam. Dozens of bare-chested men, hands covering their faces, are herded out of the place while Iraqi and her crew record the sting operation’s climax for her show, “El-Mestakhabi” (“The Hidden”).

Hours later, Iraqi takes to Facebook to promote her upcoming special. “With pictures, we reveal the biggest den of group perversion in the heart of Cairo,” reads the text accompanying five images. Iraqi can be seen in two pictures wearing a blue shirt and dark scarf, poker-faced, standing just to the side and pointing her...

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