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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Egyptian Female Singer Shyma Ahmed Sentence To Jail Over Music Video (See Video)

Egyptian court has sentenced a 21 years old female pop singer name Shyma Ahmed to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery and immortality" in an online music video, according to reports by Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram online.

The music video of the song entitle "I Have Issues" was released last month and sparked immediate controversy because of its sexually suggestive scenes.

 In the video, Shyma is seen cavorting in a bra before a group of wide-eyed smiling men, while on a chalkboard behind her is written "class #69."

In a subsequent scene, she slowly eats a banana as she flirts on them who obviously was enjoying her sexual advances on them but the government find it inappropriate that she is being sentence to two years of imprisonment. 

Egypt state media outlets report that the singer and the director of the music video, Mohamed Gamal, were arrested on November 18 after the video's release. 

They were also ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $560).
Both are expected to appeal the verdict.

Since taking power in 2014, the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has blocked critical voices from TV and print, and scrubbed digital content, according to Amnesty International.

Though the government crackdown has mainly targeted news and human rights reporting, it has drawn in entertainers in 2011, comedian Bassem Youssef canceled his widely popular political satire show on Egyptian TV, citing safety concerns for himself and his family.

The legal reasons used to block web sites and content has been ambiguous, Amnesty says. Several Egyptian laws can be used to censor the media and the internet, on the grounds of national security, the group claim.

Days before her arrest, Shyma shared her thoughts on Facebook and wrote:
"My apologizes to all people who watched the video and did not like it because they think it's inappropriate," read the post. "I did not expect such a harsh backlash from people."
"As a singer, I only sung the song and I do not have any knowledge and understanding in direction and many other things."
Watch the video below:

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