Egyptian female singer and dancer Fatima, popularly known as Eghraa was arrested on 20 December 2017 on charges of “inciting debauchery” and “violating public decency” for the viral music video of her song “I Want a Man” in which she is seen dancing “provocatively in revealing clothing”, reported Egyptian news sources Masrawy and Youm7.
The artist’s trial has been adjourned until 23 January 2018. If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison. This is the second time that the singer has been arrested on charges of “inciting debauchery” and “facilitating prostitution”, reported Al Wafd.
Female artists targeted
Eghraa’s prosecution comes amid a spate of arrests of Egyptian female pop singers on a variety of charges due to their “provocative” music videos or statements on stage.
Egyptian pop singer Shyma (Shayma Ahmad) was sentenced on 12 December 2017 to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery and immorality” in her music video for song “Andy Zoroof” (I Have Problems), which authorities considered to be too daring and suggestive. Additionally, a Cairo misdemeanour court ordered the singer to pay a fine of 10,000 Egyptian Pounds (approx. 475 Euros). The director of the video was also handed the same sentence in absentia.
Soon after, Egyptian authorities arrested female singer Laila Amer on charges of “violating public decency” and “inciting debauchery” in a video for her song “Bos Omak” (Look at your Mother)—a pun on an Arabic profanity— in which the singer belly dances and makes “provocative gestures”. The Musicians’ Syndicate also stripped the singer of her membership.
Popular singer Sherine Abdel Wahhab, known by her fans as The Queen of Emotions, faces trial on 30 January 2018 for “spreading provocative publicity” after she suggested at a UAE concert last year that drinking from the River Nile could make someone ill, reported The Australian. Further, the Musicians’ Syndicate banned the singer from performing for two months over the statement. The performance ban was set to end on 14 January 2018, reported Al Bawaba.