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Last updated: November 21, 2014

Egypt: Bye, bye Hamza Namira (VIDEO)

Banner Icon No more Hamza Namira on Egyptian state radio. Why? Critical lyrics!

The move from Egyptian state radio to ban songs of the popular artist Namira has stirred controversy, described by human rights activists as yet another effort to silence opposition.

Namira became known for his songs about the revolution, freedom and social justice. With a large fan base, 4.5 million on Facebook and 2.4 million on Twitter, he is one of Egypt’s most popular artists.

Abdel-Rahman Rashad, head of Egyptian radio, explained to BBC that a regular procedure review had not approved the singer for broadcast. Any lyrics criticizing the government are not suitable for the station, he declared.

It is not easy being a cultural figure in Egypt today. Recently famous actor Khaled Abol Naga was accused of treason, “disturbing national security,” and for criticising President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

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