Egypt: Singer prosecuted for protesting


Singer Mohamed Attia is being prosecuted for “incitement of violence” as he had protested against a court’s ruling to acquit Mubarak, reported Dina al-Shibeeb in Al Arabiya News on 25 January 2015.

An Egyptian lawyer, Hisham Ibrahim, had filed a legal case against the famed actor Khaled Abu al-Naga and singer Mohamed Attia with the Cairo prosecutor-general over their alleged incitement of violence and protests against president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Mohammed Attia was accused of protesting against the “innocence” of toppled president Husni Mubarak in the iconic Tahrir Square in Cairo, epicenter of the 2011 revolution that ousted him.

Accusing Attia of violating a 2013 protest law, Ibrahim also claimed Attia had cooperated with foreign investigative agencies to “destabilise the country’s security.”

Shackles of censorship
Four years after the January 25 revolution, Egyptian artists say they still suffer from the shackles of censorship and restrictions on freedom of expression, Dina al-Shibeeb wrote in Al Arabiya.

In November 2014, the head of Egypt’s state radio announced that the station would take off songs by “unlicensed” singers.

“The censorship limits are just like before the revolution, they are still in place. The modus operandi is still the same,” filmmaker Aida Elkashef told Dina al-Shibeeb.

» Al Arabiya – 25 January 2015:
Four years since Jan. 25 uprising: do Egypt artists feel free?

» Daily News – 6 December 2014:
Human rights group criticises investigation into celebrity protesters

» Al Arabiya – 4 December 2014:
Egyptian actor faces legal woes over ‘protests’