Egypt: One year imprisonment for music video

26 June 2015


The Agouza Misdemeanour Court sentenced Sunday the dancer Salma Al-Foly, the director Wael El-Sedik and an assistant to one year in prison for a low-cost production homemade video which they posted on El-Sedik’s private YouTube channel on 18 May 2015.

The video has since been viewed over 1.5 million times.

Singer and dancer Salma Al-Foly (also known as Reda el-Fouly) was arrested and charged with ‘disrupting morality’ and ‘inciting debauchery’ for a song and video clip posted on YouTube, ‘Seeb Eidi’ (‘Let my hand go’). The public prosecution of Al Agouza district in Giza also ordered the urgent arrest of the Egyptian-American singer and director Wael El-Sedik for having produced and performed in the video clip.

At a hearing at the Offenses Court on 28 May 2015, the public prosecutor ordered Salma Al-Foly arrested for four days, while further investigation would be carried out.

Wael El-Sedik fled to Tunisia as soon as the clip went viral and created controversy.

The video for their song ‘Sib Eddi’ was allegedly shot to make fun of the music industry. The two artists wanted to mock the sexualisation of many starlets. They posted the video on YouTube on 18 May 2015, where it was viewed over 300,000 times in its first weeks.

Wael El-Sedik then published a video on Youtube where he justified the cause behind this ‘bold’ video clip, stating that he had directed more than 155 movies, “but I had to produce this clip to attract some attention to my art genre.”

El-Sedik also placed a video of himself on Youtube addressing the Egyptian President, saying that he produced the clip for ‘fame’ and in order to break the ‘mafia of the Egyptian cinema’.

The Egyptian community appeared divided on what to think about the video clip.

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