Crackdown on the social media is now getting to the television in Egypt
Egypt- The crackdown on websites in Egypt continues. On Sunday Egypt’s Supreme media regulatory council decided to ban the broadcast of Saturday Night Live Arabia a comedy show which was launched in 2016. Despite all the odds it sustained to be an entertainment for viewers, the show avoided all sorts of political references in their comedy , keeping it safe.
According to the council the show contained “sexual expressions” which were against the ethics , social system of Egypt and it wasn’t acceptable to some viewers who reported this show as it contained “provocative content”, “foul language” and “inappropriate dresses”. So the committee decided to ban the show.
“The show contains gestures, inappropriate dress, provocative scenes and profane language which violate the moral standard of the Egyptian code of ethics,” said Saleh al-Sallhi, a member of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, according to Egypt Independent.
#Egypt On the basis of violating ethical and moral standards and using sexually explicit language, Egypt's Higher Media Council decided earlier today to pull the popular SNL Bel3araby variety show off air. pic.twitter.com/YyhbGjdM1c
— Zeyad Salem (@Zeyadsalem) February 11, 2018
“This reflects the broader intolerance for any socially challenging narratives in the public sphere and the government’s attempt to protect a narrow and conservative notion of austere morality,” said Timothy Kaldas, an analyst at The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
People on the internet were not having it:
#Egypt decides to suspend #SNL the Arabic version because it contains sexual insinuations.. Today alone while cycling on the Ring Road, I counted 15 male organs flashed by their owners while peeing in front of everyone, why these aren't arrested for public indecency?
— Marwa Farid (@MarwaMfarid) February 12, 2018
Entertainment content can carry subliminal messages, but rather than banning such shows we need to educate people about media and how there are sides to it. Somethings are shown for sheer entertainment purposes. The crackdown continues.