Egypt’s Media Council suspends SNL Arabia over ‘sexual implications’

SNL Bil Arabi is a late-night sketch, adapted from its original long-running American show on NBC, premiered in Arabic in 2016.
Updated 12 February 2018
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Egypt’s Media Council suspends SNL Arabia over ‘sexual implications’

CAIRO: Egypt’s Supreme Media Council on Sunday suspended the late-night sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live Arabia” for containing “sexual implications,” local media reports said.
Also known as “Saturday Night Live bil Arabi,” the variety TV program adapted from its original long-running American show on NBC premiered in Arabic in 2016.
The council stressed that “the program has always used words, phrases and sexual implications deemed inappropriate to viewers,” adding that “it contradicts ethical and professional standards.”
The council sent a letter stating the program’s suspension to the channel airing it.
The regulatory body, established by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2016, says it is responsible for the values, ethics, and professionalism of the content broadcasting on media shows.
It has the power to fine or suspend publications and broadcasters and approve or revoke licenses for foreign media.


Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

Updated 22 May 2019
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Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It has won numerous awards since its publication and been one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom

LONDON: Arab News has continued its success on the international awards stage by winning two honorable mentions at the DNA Paris Design Awards.

The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.

The honorable mentions were for the categories “Graphic design - Editorial” and “Graphic design - Key art (Posters, covers, illustration).”

"For Arab News to be recognised again on a global scale with this award is a great honor," Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said. “Our women drivers cover has been recognised with eight design awards so far and this highlights just how important this moment in history was for women across the Kingdom.

 “Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever."

The illustration was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. It has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.

The cover has won numerous awards since it was published. In March, it was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.

The DNA Paris Design Awards honors international architects and designers “who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design,” according to its website.