In Egypt it is a crime to read books

Because it has no real popular support, for any dictatorship to survive censorship is central to their modus operandi. True to form, since the military take-over of power in 2013, Egypt has waged a war on the popular musalsalet and blocked some 500 news websites. Last year Egypt banned Ya Balah Zaghloul (Oh, Zaghloul Dates) from a Sayed Darwish play at the Balloon Theatre in Cairo, because President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi himself has been given the nickname balha (red dates). In Egypt, balha is used to describe someone who claims to be wise but in fact is not. Earlier this year a Ramadan series, Al-Ikhtar (the choice), produced by the government-run Synergy, re-enacted the August 2013 Rabaa massacre and presented … Continue reading In Egypt it is a crime to read books