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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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood rapper’s music equipment seized by police

20 November 2013

When the police showed up at his studio in Alexandria in October 2013, Abdullah Sharif, a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood party, was not arrested. However the police officers seized his equipment: headphones, a microphone stand, power cables, an amplifier – basically anything that could be used to make …

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Egypt: Theatre of the revolution

8 November 2013

With most spaces state owned and requiring censor approval for performance, it is difficult for independent theatre to find a place to develop. Despite limitations due to censorship and spaces to perform, the artists push one another to find alternative solutions to their problems. By Chalaine Chang And Giulia Bertoluzzi …

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Middle East: Censorship and the Arab Uprisings

1 November 2013

“In the context of the Arab Uprisings, the censorship can be seen as a symptom of governments’ fear of people uniting and has led to grave human rights violations, torture, exile and the morbid murdering of artists.” – 31 October 2013: Protecting the creative voices of the Arab Uprising …

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Artist Alert: June 2013 | Article 19

17 July 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published at on 17 July 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: Author sentenced to five years in prison for insulting religion

13 June 2013

Egyptian author and human rights activist Karam Saber has been sentenced to five years in prison, after a court found his writings to have insulted religion, reported the Egyptian news website Aswat Masriya. The complaint against Karam Saber and his book ‘Ayn Allah’ (‘Where Is God?’) was initially filed in …

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Egypt: Novelist prosecuted for blasphemy

17 April 2013

The prominent Egyptian novelist Youssef Zeidan, author of the bestselling book ‘Azazil’, stands trial for blasphemy and contempt of Islam, Christianity and Judaism because of his book ‘The Arabic Theology’. Zeidan appeared in front of the High State Security Prosecutor in mid-February 2013. The official memo which notified the author of the …

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Egypt: Comedian on trial: “They try to exhaust us”

2 April 2013

The popular satirist and comedian Bassem Youssef was interrogated nearly four hours in court on 31 March 2013 for alleged insults against President Mohamed Morsi and Islam. His case has intensified discussions about freedom of expression in the country. “A new complaint has been filed against me by the state …

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Egypt: Conference and concert on Music Freedom Day

5 March 2013

Photos from the Music Freedom Day conference in Cairo The flyer for the event read: Music Freedom Day celebrates freedom of musical expression, and advocates awareness about the many musicians who do not enjoy such freedom. Musicians and composers rights to freedom of expression are being violated in many countries …

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