Shyma, a popular Egyptian female pop singer has been sentenced two years in prison over a music video which allegedly is "inciting debauchery and immortality".
One of the scenes in the song "I Have Issues" shows 21-year-old singer Shyma‘suggestively’ eating a banana. In another scene, a blackboard with 'Class #69' written on it is seen in the background.
The video has gone viral ever since it has been released.
Egypt state media reports that the singer and the director Mohamed Gamal have been arrested in November after the video went viral.
They were also fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $560). However, Shyma had denied the accusations of “harming public morality” and both of them are expected to appeal against the judgment.
FirstPost reported that Shyma claimed that director Mohamed Gamal allegedly included the controversial scenes without her consent.
A daily quoted her Facebook status posted just a day before her arrest where she has apologized for the video.
“I apologize to all the people who saw the clip and were upset by it and took it in an inappropriate way. 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”.
Ever since the government led by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has come into power, the authorities have cracked down on some artists in Egypt using wide-ranging morality laws.
Information Source: Alarabiya
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