Cracking down on raunchy music videos and instigating anti-gay laws: Inside Egypt’s war on sex

The controversy around the Egyptian pop singer Shyma’s new music video began with a suggestive bite of a banana and ended in a police prison cell.

The 25-year-old starlet was arrested days after the release of a music video for her song I Have Issues, which sees her dancing in lingerie and flirting with a classroom full of young men.

She apologised in the face of an avalanche of criticism from MPs and newspapers but it was not enough to stop police from taking her in on suspicion of “inciting debauchery”.

This week she appeared in court, dressed in a niqab, and denied the charges.

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