french

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
  • Img 9714
    April 21 2017

    Artwatch Africa in Egypt | Too close for Comfort

    The latest edition of the Artist rights as human rights training workshop run by Artwatch Africa (a project of Arterial Network) was held in Alexan...

    Read More
  • 4fl8ct7osys1bqey3fuh img 20170218 wa0015
    March 29 2017

    Nigeria | Petition for Audu Maikori

    #FREEAUDU CORA/ Arterial Network Nigeria have launched a campaign to have Audu Maikori’s (founder and president of Chocolate City Entertainment)...

    Read More
  •  anouar rahmani
    March 29 2017

    Algeria | Anouar Rahmani investigated for his novel 'Jibril’s Hallucination'

    Anouar Rahmani, law student and author of two novels, Jibril's Hallucination and The City of White Shadows, is being investigated by Algerian autho...

    Read More