Artists and the Arab Uprisings by Lowell H. Schwartz, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jeffrey Martini

By Lowell H. Schwartz, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jeffrey Martini

Regional artists can play a good function in shaping public debate and helping democratic transition within the heart East. This file explores the demanding situations artists have confronted because the Arab uprisings, U.S. govt courses to aid arts within the quarter, and the big range of nongovernmental actions to have interaction Arab artists, supplying suggestions to enhance help for those artists.

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25 Early Signals from Egypt’s New Authorities Egypt’s new political authorities have sent mixed signals regarding their positions on artistic freedom. During the initial 16 months of the transition when the SCAF directed state affairs and held executive authority,26 criticism of the military was not tolerated, although writers, playwrights, and filmmakers were granted broad leeway to criticize symbols of the former regime. , 2009, pp. 7–16. 26 February 2011 through June 2012. Impact of the Arab Uprisings on Artistic Freedom: egypt as a Case Study 25 monographs attacking the rule of Mubarak, symbols of the former ruling party, business leaders involved in privatization, and even the practices of internal security forces.

7 5 Nabil was initially sentenced to three years in prison, subsequently reduced to two years after a retrial. He was eventually freed after the SCAF commuted his sentence in early 2012. “Lil Marra al-Thānīya . . Mahkama 'Askrīya Tasjun Michael Nabil Sanatayn bi Tuhmat al-Isā'a” [“For the Second Time . . A Military Tribunal Jails Michael Nabil for Two Years on Charges of Insulting”], Al-Masry al-Yawm (Egypt), December 14, 2011. 6 Press conference of the Supreme Council held on July 12, 2011, and broadcast on Egyptian television.

4 The legal framework in Egypt provides wide-ranging authority to censors while limiting the rights of artists. For example, censors are 1 The full English- and Arabic-language text of the 1955 law, including the 1992 amendments, is available through United Group (see the bibliography for links). 2 Interview with the director-general of the Office of Censorship of Artistic Works, Cairo, Egypt, April 11, 2012. 3 Interview with the director-general of the Office of Censorship of Artistic Works, Cairo, Egypt, April 11, 2012.

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