Egyptian Singer Banned Over Anti-Govt Comments

Egyptian Singer Sherine Abdel Wahab.

Cairo: POPULAR Egyptian singer Sherine Sayed Mohammed Abdel-Wahab has been banned from performing after claiming there is no freedom of speech in her country.

The singer, actress and TV host riled authorities after she remarked in a concert in Bahrain that, “Here I say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets imprisoned.”

The Musicians Syndicate in Egypt took offence over the comments before imposing a blanket ban on the actress from performing in the country, according to reports.

She also faces disciplinary action as authorities accuse her of “insulting Egypt,” “spreading false news,” and “inviting suspicious human rights organizations to interfere in Egypt’s affairs.”

Reports said the famed singer has engaged lawyers to challenge the ban and disciplinary action.