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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Saudi Arabia movie theatres opens new market for Egyptian films

It was another quiet day for Egypt in the international press, with only a handful of stories worth a noting:

Saudi Arabia’s decision to reopen its movie theatres after a 35-year hiatus is good news for Egypt’s film industry. The move opens up an important new market for Egyptian films, not only because of the large community of Egyptian expats in the kingdom, but also because the Saudi audience has a preference for Egyptian film, says Egyptian film critic Tarek El Shennawi, according to Al Arabiya.

Meanwhile:

  • It’s nothing but tough times ahead for Egypt’s rice farms, as the government clamps down on the cultivation of water-intensive crops with a new agriculture bill that means to circumvent the impact of Ethiopia’s grand dam on Egypt’s Nile water supply, says Reuters.
  • Israel’s Haaretz has taken interest in Egypt’s new Cyber Crimes Act, which received final approval from the House of Representatives last week.
  • From the Algemeiner: Ninety years on, the Muslim Brotherhood faces an uncertain future.
  • Media freedom files, part I: The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) reportedly expressed deep concern over charges brought up against Al Masry Al Youm for its coverage of the elections, All Africa reports.
  • Media freedom files, part II: UNESCO went ahead with awarding Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan the 2018 Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize a day after Egypt’s Foreign Ministry objected to his nomination, Reuters reports.
  • Egypt’s publishing industry is suffering from a severe lack of funding, according to the Arab Weekly.

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