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Egypt: Composer arrested and singer escaped

24 March 2015

On Friday 13 March 2015, two hours after a song called ‘Egypt is Narrow’, (‘Masr ya Dayka’) had been broadcasted on the tv channel Al Sharq, the composer of the song, Ahmed Al Basher, was arrested, and the singer, Ali Al Hendawi, was allegedly being chased by police. The song …

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Egypt: Premiere performance deemed ‘inappropriate’ and cancelled

18 March 2015

Freemuse received the following press release from Sondos Shabayek on 17 March 2015: State theatres belong to the people, not the State Hanager Theatre has blocked the premiere performance of ‘500s’ on 15 and 16 March 2015. The manager of the Hanager Theatre, Dr Amany Youssef, prevented the premiere performance …

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Egypt: Documentary with 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. Artistic expression in Egypt is one of the most tightly controlled forms of expression. It was so before the January 2011 …

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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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