Egypt: Artists and writers defy censorship

11 June 2014

Egyptian cultural figures say they will not be silenced as the authorities tighten their grip on freedom of speech.

Fatenn Mostafa, the founder of the Cairo-based organisation, Art Talks, said the crackdown has mainly been limited to critics of Sisi, such as the political satirist Bassem Youssef, whose television programme has been suspended until after the elections. However Mostafa says that Egyptian artists, critics and curators will not be cowed by the Egyptian army or the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We will continue to stand as robust as ever to protect unequivocally freedom of expression and creativity. The number of artists who have now tasted freedom and are willing to fight to maintain it is significant,” said Fatenn Mostafa.

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