Parliament Member Wages War Against Egypt’s Censorship Authority
Nadia Henry, a member of the Egyptian Parliament, just fought for the rights to write and publish freely. Henry believes that writers and publishers should not be attacked or punished by the law for “indecency.”
Egypt’s censorship authority has been banning and limiting a great number of Egypt’s writers and artists across different mediums of publication. Henry is an advocate of limited censorship, and believes that no one has the right to demolish a whole writer’s career by banning their work or imprisoning them. The content of books should be judged by its value and its relevance to the whole context.
Henry explained her situation through CBC’s “Huna Al-Asema” after being attacked for her views. “The only punishment that should be considered in these situations is fines, not imprisonment.”
WE SAID THIS: This incident echoes the hassle that occurred over Ahmed Nagy’s book Istikhdam Al-Hayat. Nagy faced imprisonment and huge backlash for simply writing freely.