Egypt singer jailed for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

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An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” in a racy music video clip.

Shyma, a little-known 21-year-old singer, was also fined 10,000 pounds (£420) by a Cairo court.

The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, received the same sentence. Both can appeal against the ruling.

Shyma was arrested on 18 November, police said, following complaints about the video for her song I Have Issues.

In the video, she appears singing in her underwear and suggestively eating an apple and a banana before a classroom of young men.

The video created a stir on social media in conservative Egypt and was discussed on TV talkshows.

“Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths,” said the Youm 7 newspaper in an article after the video was released.

In a Facebook post at the time, Shyma apologised for the video and said she had not anticipated the backlash.

“I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer … who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer,” she wrote.

The authorities under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have used wide-ranging morality laws to crack down on a range of artists.

In 2015, a court jailed a female dancer to a year in prison for “inciting debauchery” in a raunchy music video for a song called Let Go of My Hand.

 

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