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Egypt: Censorship report launched in jam-packed Cairo theatre

2 June 2014

Already hours before the launch of the Freemuse/AFTE study ‘Censors of Creativity’ on 21 May 2014, dozens of young Ramy Essam supporters started gathering outside the entrance of the Townhouse/Rawabet Theatre in downtown Cairo. The famous ‘singer of the revolution’ was one of the artists who performed at the launch. …

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Egypt: Freemuse award winner interrogated by security police

2 June 2014

Singer Ramy Essam gives an account of his experiences with the Egyptian Security Police obsessed by discovering links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Ramy Essam is used to being harassed by police. When he returns from the studio or a club after midnight in Cairo, he – like many others – …

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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The Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe’s new film ‘Halawet Rooh’ (Beauty of the Soul) has been banned and withdrawn from cinema theatres in Egypt after criticism over immoral scenes.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 should abolish censorship of the arts

23 April 2014

AFTE and Freemuse publish an extensive study on censorship of artistic expression in Egypt. The 84-page report ‘Censors of Creativity’ reveals that the Egyptian government needs to reform the current legislative and institutional apparatus of censorship. “Several conservative restrictions imposed on artistic creativity contravene human rights standards and basic liberties,” …

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Reports from around the world on Music Freedom Day 2014

21 March 2014

Cuba Blogpost: Music Freedom Day in Cuba Egypt Ramy Essam at Beit El Rasef on Music Freedom Day 2014 » See the photos on Facebook Norway » www.radio.nrk.no/serie/jungeltelegrafen » www.radio.nrk.no/serie/spillerom/mkmr06002114/03-03-2014 The first half hour of Spillerom was dedicated to Music Freedom Day » www.facebook.com Pakistan 1) Music Freedom Day 2014 in Islamabad: …

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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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