Thursday, October 31, 2013

US investigates ‘corrupt payments’ to Egypt’s keeper of antiquities

Corruption is probably rife in the world of archeology. Now the world’s most respected educational and scientific institutions, National Geographic may be facing an unexpected challenge to its reputation due to its involvement with archeologists:
it is under investigation in the United States over its ties to a former Egyptian official who for years held the keys to his country’s many popular antiquities.  At issue is whether the Washington-based organisation, which in recent years has rapidly extended its public reach beyond its well-known glossy magazine to a cable television channel and other enterprises, violated strict US laws on payments to officials of foreign governments in contracts starting in 2001 with Dr Zahi Hawass, who, until the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, was the government’s sole gatekeeper to all things ancient Egypt. Read more.

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