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If Egypt Loses Its Sense Of Humor

Essay: Egyptian comedian Adel Imam faces potential jail time for a series of allegedly “blasphemous” films from two decades ago. Much is at stake as the forces of free expression and pious Islam face off in "Arab Spring, the Sequel..."

A poster for the 1994 Imam film Al-Irhabi (The Terrorist)
A poster for the 1994 Imam film Al-Irhabi (The Terrorist)
Ali Abdel Mohsen

CAIRO - There's a reason why Egyptian comic actor Adel Imam might soon find himself in a jail cell. It wouldn't be for his role in a slapstick prison-set comedy, nor is it for his much-rumored ties to the Mubarak regime, which have so far failed to save him from his current woes.

Instead, the Arab world's most revered comedian faces potential jail time for a series of supposedly "blasphemous' films — released two decades ago.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

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