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Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Banned From Travel

July 7, 2017
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Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Banned From Travel

Despite his successful appeal for retrial, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji, author of The Use of Life, has been prevented from traveling through the Cairo airport by a government travel ban. The travel ban comes in the wake of a series of trials, retrials, and acquitals, which seemed designed to punish Naji for his controversial book The…

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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

June 16, 2017
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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

Two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo staff, the world’s free expression focus has largely shifted away from cartoonists. That certainly does not mean the danger has disappeared, however, as a recent 30-page report from the French nonprofit Cartooning for Peace/Dessins Pour la Paix shows. The report brings together profiles of cartoonists under threat…

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Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

May 22, 2017
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Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

An Egyptian court yesterday ordered a retrial for novelist Ahmed Naji, who spent 10 months in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in the state-owned Akhbar al-Adab newspaper. Naji had been sentenced to two years, but was released from prison in December pending an…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Featured in New Documentary

March 14, 2017
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Egyptian Cartoonist Featured in New Documentary

The new documentary Tickling Giants puts the spotlight on the important role of satire and humor in political dissent–in this case, Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-comedian Bassem Youssef, who launched a Daily Show-inspired TV program in the midst of the Arab Spring in 2011. Featured alongside Youssef is Andeel, one of Egypt’s best-known indie cartoonists, who contributed…

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Ahmed Naji: “I Believe in Freedom of Expression”

February 17, 2017
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Ahmed Naji: “I Believe in Freedom of Expression”

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji served nearly a year in prison for “violating public modesty” when an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life was published in a state-run newspaper. Now free, the writer draws inspiration from his experience. “Before jail, I used to see myself mostly as a journalist and found it more difficult…

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Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

December 29, 2016
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Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

A few days after being freed from prison last week, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji posted a long message to Facebook thanking the supporters who stood by him during his trial and 10-month incarceration for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Using Life that was published in a state-owned newspaper. Naji’s reprieve may…

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BBC’s 100 Women Includes Barrier-Breaking Middle Eastern Cartoonists

December 9, 2016
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Willis from Tunis: We Can Do It!

Every year, the BBC puts the spotlight on influential women around the world for its 100 Women series. For 2016, the list includes three Middle Eastern cartoonists fighting for women’s rights and freedom of expression: Doaa Eladl in Egypt, Riham Elhour in Morocco, and Nadia Khiari in Tunisia. A few years ago, we reported on Doaa…

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Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

December 6, 2016
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Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

Jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was included on a parliamentary committee’s list of recommended pardons sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday, the same day that the next hearing in Naji’s appeal of a conviction for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life was adjourned until December 18. Use…

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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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Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

November 16, 2016
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Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, jailed since February after being convicted of “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Use of Life, is launching a new appeal for release after the government agreed to review the cases of political prisoners. Two previous appeals have already failed, most recently in August, and Naji is reportedly…

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