29 search results for "ahmed naji"

Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

November 30, 2016
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Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

A Cairo court on Saturday rejected author Ahmed Naji’s third appeal for release from prison, where he has now served 10 months of a two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in a state-owned newspaper in 2014. Naji still may have a chance at…

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Egyptian Court Denies Naji’s Second Request for Release Pending Appeal

September 1, 2016
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Egyptian Court Denies Naji’s Second Request for Release Pending Appeal

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji’s second request to be released from prison pending an appeal in his obscenity case was denied last week, meaning he will continue to serve his two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” until a higher court decides to consider the appeal. That trial date has not been set, and he is said…

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Top 10 CBLDF Stories of 2018!

December 27, 2018
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Top 10 CBLDF Stories of 2018!

Looking back on a year where the news seemed nothing more than a constant sort of upsetting developments, it’s interesting to see which articles and stories were the fan favorites for CBLDF readers. Some were heavy on outrage, but other were filled with the promise of hope. A lot of popular ones focused on elements…

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Egyptian Photojournalist Convicted of Murder for Covering Protests in 2013

September 10, 2018
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Egyptian Photojournalist Convicted of Murder for Covering Protests in 2013

On September 8th, 2018, photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was convicted for murder and membership in a terrorist organization after his arrest in August 2013 while “documenting the government’s violent dispersal of protesters at Rab’a Al Adweya Square that killed over 1,000 civilians.” Shawkan is set to be released shortly, having already…

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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

April 25, 2018
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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was fined LE 20,000 following his third trial for “harming public morality” by republishing an excerpt from his experimental book Using Life (also known as Use of Life) in 2014. Naji was initially acquitted of these charges, but the prosecution was able to appeal the decision. Subsequently, Naji was convicted and…

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Egyptian Police Raid Indie Press, Arrest Volunteer for ‘Posession of Unregistered Books’

November 22, 2017
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Egyptian Police Raid Indie Press, Arrest Volunteer for ‘Posession of Unregistered Books’

Egyptian police on Sunday raided the office of a small independent press, Merit Publishing House, and detained a volunteer staff member for “being in possession of unregistered books without ISBNs,” implying they likely weren’t approved by government censors. The same staff member, Mohamed Zein, was briefly detained in 2015 for the same alleged offense. Since…

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Exiled Egyptian Creator Tackles Big Issues in Dystopian Webcomic

July 27, 2016
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Exiled Egyptian Creator Tackles Big Issues in Dystopian Webcomic

In the immediate wake of the 2011 Tahrir Square uprising, the Egyptian graphic designer and comic creator who goes by Ganzeer gained notoriety as a street artist, painting murals of protesters who had died in the struggle. But in the tumultuous years that followed, he was forced to flee the country after being labeled a…

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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

July 18, 2016
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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji’s request to be released from prison pending an appeal in his obscenity case was denied last week, meaning he will continue to serve his two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” until a higher court decides to consider the appeal. That trial date has not been set, and he is said to…

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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

July 13, 2016
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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

Without a doubt, the current world hot spot for underground and experimental comics is the Middle East and North Africa–a fact that might surprise many Americans. From Egypt’s Tok Tok to Lebanon’s Samandal to Nadia Khiari’s radical cartoon cat Willis from Tunis, creators across the region are reinventing the format, circumventing government censorship and publishing…

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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

June 7, 2016
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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

The independent comics scene in Egypt is flourishing as more and more young adults find freedom of expression through the power of the pen. This is definitely the case for Cairo-based twin cartoonists Mohamed and Haitham El-Seht, who recently sat down with designboom to discuss how comics have empowered them to speak out about social…

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