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Egypt: Documentary with Ramy Essam and censored artists

16 March 2015

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression recently released a documentary exploring freedom of creativity in Egypt by interviewing the artists that have been subjected to governmental censorship. The documentary features interviews with musician Ramy Essam who was dubbed by the New Yorker as “the bard of the Egyptian …

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Egypt: Sufi concert cancelled

18 February 2015

Inshad concert for Sheikh Yasin el Tohami in Al Hussein mosque area in Cairo was cancelled, allegedly for security reasons. On 18 February 2015, security authorities decided to cancel an Inshad (religious singing with no musical instruments) concert by Sheikh Yasin el Tohami, the master of religious Monshedeen (song performers), …

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Egypt: Artists “suffer from the shackles of censorship”

26 January 2015

Four years after the January 25 revolution, Egyptian artists say they still suffer from the shackles of censorship and restrictions on freedom of expression, wrote Dina al-Shibeeb in Al Arabiya News on 25 January 2015. In 2014, singer Mohamed Attia faced charges after protesting against a court’s ruling to acquit …

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Egypt: Singer prosecuted for protesting

26 January 2015

Singer Mohamed Attia is being prosecuted for “incitement of violence” as he had protested against a court’s ruling to acquit Mubarak, reported Dina al-Shibeeb in Al Arabiya News on 25 January 2015. An Egyptian lawyer, Hisham Ibrahim, had filed a legal case against the famed actor Khaled Abu al-Naga and …

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Egypt: Dialogue stopped by restrictions, censorship and arrests

17 November 2014

“Democracy is about dialogue. It is not about shutting down ideas or artistic expressions which may be in opposition to the majority or the ruling system. Due to restrictions and censorship, this dialogue is not possible in Egypt now,” writes Egyptian singer and activist Ramy Essam in this opinion-piece which …

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Egypt: Index on Censorship interview about censored theatre play

14 July 2014

‘Shout Art Loud’ – a ‘living report’ from the freedom of expression charity Index on Censorship about art and sexual violence in Egypt – describes how the play ‘The Bussy Monologues’ was censored after its first performance in 2010. The directors of the play had a visit from the “morality …

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Egypt: Artists and writers defy censorship

11 June 2014

Egyptian cultural figures say they will not be silenced as the authorities tighten their grip on freedom of speech. Fatenn Mostafa, the founder of the Cairo-based organisation, Art Talks, said the crackdown has mainly been limited to critics of Sisi, such as the political satirist Bassem Youssef, whose television programme …

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