Egypt: Filmmakers suffer from censorship and union restrictions

28 April 2014

Those involved in the film industry in Egypt are subject to censorship and strict regulation from the state, which has led a group of filmmakers to work to establish a “parallel” trade union to protect their rights and support their interests, writes Al-Monitor. “Hala Lotfy, a film director, believes that …

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Egypt: Head of censorship board resigns after controversy over film

24 April 2014

The Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe’s new film ‘Halawet Rooh’ (Beauty of the Soul) has been banned and withdrawn from cinema theatres in Egypt after criticism over immoral scenes. “The Egyptian Creativity Front, a coalition comprising the country’s three main artistic unions, has slammed the move as an ‘assault on the …

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Egypt: Secularists and conservatives battle over music videos

21 March 2014

In an in-depth article, Index of Censorship’s Shahira Amin describes the current battle between secularists and conservatives for the soul of the “new Egypt” where “suggestive” and “explicit” music videos are being blamed for causing a surge in incidents of sexual harassment and violence against women in the country and …

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Egypt: Poet Omar Hazek imprisoned

20 March 2014

A two-year prison sentence was handed down to Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who has been held in custody since his arrest in early December 2013 for taking part in a protest. Omar Hazek was held in Hadra prison in Alexandria until 21 February 2014 when he was moved to Burj …

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UK: Four artists shortlisted for Freedom of Expression Awards 2014

18 March 2014

British theatre producer David Cecil, Lebanese playwright Lucien Bourjeily, Egyptian rapper Mayam Mahmoud and the Turkish writer Arikan are shortlisted for the Index Awards 2014, which during 14 years have honoured some of the most remarkable fighters for free expression from around the world. The award show takes place in …

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Egypt: Revolutionary singer stopped from performing

18 March 2014

The Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen known for his anti-government songs said Saturday that authorities stopped him from performing at an arts festival attended by the country’s interim president and military chief for “security concerns”. Mohsen told The Associated Press he thought officials might “specifically targeted” him over his revolutionary songs …

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Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

14 March 2014

Newsletter from Article 19, published on 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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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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