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Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

14 March 2014

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 March 2014: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014

24 February 2014

Dina El Wedidi, one of Egypt’s leading new artists will be performing in Oslo, Norway. Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine leads his band Voodoo Sound Club in a concert in Bologna, Italy, while some of Zimbabwe’s most outspoken artists enter the stage in Harare, and exiled musicians from Sudan perform …

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African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014

24 February 2014

Dina El Wedidi, one of Egypt’s leading new artists will be performing in Oslo, Norway. Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine leads his band Voodoo Sound Club in a concert in Bologna, Italy, while some of Zimbabwe’s most outspoken artists enter the stage in Harare, and exiled musicians from Sudan perform …

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Egypt: Oscar nod for banned Egyptian film

20 January 2014

An acclaimed documentary about the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak has become the first Egyptian-made film to be nominated for an Academy Award – but is still not being screened in the country. Despite playing to rave reviews around the world, the film cannot be seen in Egypt because …

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Egypt: Film about homosexuality irks censors

9 December 2013

Director Hany Fawzy’s ‘Family Secrets’, Egypt’s first film about homosexuality, has hit a sensitive nerve with censors in this Muslim country where the topic is taboo. The censors have objected to several scenes and want them deleted, said Fawzy, himself a well-known script writer taking his first turn at directing. …

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Egypt: Gay film under fire

8 December 2013

Touted by the media as “Egypt’s first gay film” Hany Fawzy‘s ‘Family Secrets’ has censors asking for 13 scenes to be deleted, even though the movie is not explicit in nature. Trailer for ‘Family Secrets’ » See on www.cairoscene.com

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Artist Alert: November 2013 | Article 19

6 December 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 5 December 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Egypt: Amid censorship, ‘Egypt’s John Stewart’ is without a show

21 November 2013

The comedian and talk-show host Bassem Youssef’s popular but controversial show ‘El-Bernameg’, was suspended moments before its second episode. Bassem Youssef faced criticism for mocking the nationalist fervor that developed since the military pushed out democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi four months ago. CBC, the private station that carries the program, …

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