Egyptian pop singer detained over racy video

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Updated 20 November 2017
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Egyptian pop singer detained over racy video

CAIRO: Egyptian police on Saturday arrested a pop singer known as Shyma after she appeared in a music video in lingerie while making suggestive gestures, officials said.
The racy video for her song “I Have Issues” had led to complaints, police officials said, adding she is suspected of “inciting debauchery.”
In the video the hitherto little-known singer appears in a mock classroom licking an apple and a banana.
“Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths,” thundered the Youm 7 newspaper in an article after the video was released.
It was not immediately clear whether she would be formally charged.
In a Facebook posting on Thursday, Shyma wrote that she had not anticipated the backlash against her video.
“I apologize to all the people who saw the clip and were upset by it and took it in an inappropriate way,” she wrote.
“I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer...who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer,” she added.
The authorities under President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi have cracked down on some artists in Egypt using wide-ranging morality laws.
In 2015, a court jailed a female dancer to a year in prison for “inciting debauchery” in a raunchy music video for a song called “Let Go of My Hand.”


EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

Updated 16 October 2018
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EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

  • EgyptAir will stop printing the issue and will pull out distributed ones from shelves
  • The airline earlier deflected the blame to a partner advertising agency

CAIRO: Egyptian officials say EgyptAir has removed the latest edition of its in-flight magazine over a contentious article it published, purportedly based on an interview with American actress Drew Barrymore.
They say the carrier had agreed with its publisher, Al-Ahram advertising agency, to stop printing more copies of the October issue of the magazine, Horus, and pull the ones already placed onboard the fleet’s aircraft.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to the media.
Earlier this month, EgyptAir said Al-Ahram is to blame for Horus’ content and specifically for the Barrymore article, which was riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors. It described Barrymore as “being unstable in her relationships” and quoted her as saying that motherhood was “the most important role” of her life.