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Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry

1 April 2005

  Najla worked as a belly dancer and singer in Egypt. She had taken a short vacation from Egypt and visited her homeland Tunisia, but was shocked upon her return that Cairo Airport Security would not let her enter the country The news of Najla’s banning from Egypt was a …

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Egypt: state censorship committee bans music videos

1 April 2005

Egyptian authorities have initiated a crack down on music videos which feature females barely dressed. As popular female stars reveal more and more flesh, controversy grows in Egypt’s mainly Muslim society The Egyptian Censorship Committee has banned 20 music videos “which featured sexual connotations and females barely dressed”, stressing that even the words …

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1950-1969 Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

1950. Egypt. Belly dance Historically speaking, dancing and sex have had a long and sordid affair. During the 1950s, belly-dancing was forbidden in Egypt because of its perceived lewdness. 1965. Israel. The Beatles British super group The Beates were due to play a gig in Israel in 1965, but were …

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1990s Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

1990s. Algeria. Souad Massi Souad Massi was threatened and censored for her political stance in her native country. Now she makes music from her self-imposed exile in Paris continuing the fight for the rights of women and Berber in Algeria. 1994. Iran. Marzieh A sharp voice of political dissent and …

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