french

filter by

Latest News

December 10 2015

Egypt: Expression and repression

Previous Article

In recent years, the Egyptian arts and culture sector has faced debilitating repression. In 2014, a new law was passed to regulate receipt of external funds for NGO’s, and this had a devastating impact on the sector, with some organisations forced to close or to relocate their offices and activities.

Prohibitive restrictions affecting the freedom of artists and journalists are ongoing.  In December, following a raid by the Office of Artistic Products Police Department, the Townhouse Gallery and Rawabet Theatrer were closed by the authorities. No official reason has been issued to date. 

http://www.madamasr.com/news/culture/townhouse-gallery-rawabet-theater-closed-after-interagency-raid

Also in December, the poet Omar Hazek was prevented from travelling to the Netherlands to receive the Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression.

http://www.albawaba.com/news/egypt-three-arrested-ahead-revolution-anniversary-793662#.Vp41Q535HUY.facebook 

Such cases provide just a few alarming examples of challenges within the artistic and cultural environment in Egypt, five years after the revolution that led to the fall of Hosni Mubarak. The many hopes that emerged during the Arab Spring have wilted, the seemingly progressive clauses of the new 2014 Constitution are not being met in practice. 

http://artsfreedom.org/?p=10696

Next Article
  • 79a0b6db 76b7 4d64 99a8 8ca26c95d0d5
    July 10 2018

    FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP WITH FODDET LED BY MR. JEAN LUC SONHAYE / ARTERIAL TOGO

    The Heinrich Klose Association organized on Wednesday 4 July a meeting with the leaders and executives of the public administration at the Delegati...

    read More
  • 37794265 428656757630570 6167014244630921216 o
    July 18 2018

    ARTERIAL NETWORK ZIMBABWE GENDER EQUITY IN THE ARTS TRAINING

    Arterial Network Zimbabwe organised gender mainstreaming training for female arts leaders in Zimbabwe at Theatre in the Park, Harare on 11-12 July ...

    read More
  • 37775476 10156659558535555 1857223607743152128 o
    July 27 2018

    MUSICIANS SOUND CLINIC BY ARTERIAL NETWORK ZIMBABWE

    Arterial Network Zimbabwe partnered with Zimbabwe Musicians Union and Music Crossroads Zimbabwe in organising a sound clinic for musicians. The ...

    read More