‘Nida’a’ to give Arab woman a voice

Updated 12 July 2015
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‘Nida’a’ to give Arab woman a voice

CAIRO: The TLC network is launching its first program in MENA, a chat show aimed at Arab women, Variety reports.
Award-winning founder of ‘Women for Women International’, Zainab Salbi, will host ‘Nida’a’ (the calling) which is set to hit the MENA screens in October on OSN.
The Iraqi-born host was nominated by Bill Clinton as a “21st century heroine,” and the former US president is in the line-up as guests on the show. Other personalities that are scheduled to appear are Arab idol winner Mohammed Assaf, fashion designer Donna Karan and Egyptian actress Yusra.
“Nida’a” is being touted as giving Arab women “a voice and platform in a way that has never been done before, as diverse topics such as women’s issues, current events, pop culture, entertainment, food and fashion are all covered in front of a studio audience,” TLC said in a statement.
“The ‘Nida’a’ show aims at inspiring, supporting and empowering young Muslim and Arab women to achieve their full potential in society,” Salbi said. “It provides high quality entertainment and current affairs content with a fresh, engaging and intelligent tone, reflective of young women in the Middle East today,” she added.
“The Nida’a show is a groundbreaking programming concept within the region and will focus on the empowerment of women and celebration of their contribution both regionally and internationally,” Emad Morcos, OSN senior VP of media partners and digital, told World Screen.
“The show will highlight and address topics relevant to women globally. The guests featured on the show will be world renowned and high-profile figures, sharing their thoughts and experiences.”


Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

Updated 23 March 2019
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Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

  • The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking
  • Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted

CAIRO: An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it does not respect free speech.
A video clip circulated online shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, during a performance in Bahrain, saying: “Here I can say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets imprisoned.”
Egypt’s Musicians Union responded late Friday by barring the singer, popularly known by her first name, from performing. It also summoned her for questioning.
Samir Sabry, a pro-government lawyer with a reputation for moral vigilantism and suing celebrities, filed a complaint against the singer accusing her of “insulting Egypt and inviting suspicious rights groups to interfere in Egypt’s affairs.”
Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted. The sentence was suspended upon appeal. She apologized for the remark, calling it a “bad joke.”
The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking.
“I am very tired. I made a mistake. I am sorry. I appeal the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is our father. I feel that I was persecuted. I did nothing. I love Egypt,” she said.
Egyptian authorities have waged an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi led the military overthrow of Mohammed Mursi in 2013. The local media is dominated by pro-government outlets that attack anyone seen as criticizing the country or its leaders, and several people have been jailed or fined for violating vaguely written laws outlawing such criticism.