To any writer artist who is at risk, or is in need of assistance, including those denied entry into the U.S. as a result of the latest Trump Administration travel ban.
Ahmed Naji was temporarily released from prison in Egypt on December 22, 2016, after his two-year prison sentence for “violating public modesty” was suspended by an appeals court on December 18. He was charged after an Egyptian citizen complained that an excerpt of Naji’s book, The Use of Life, had caused him to experience heart palpitations and a drop in blood pressure. A lower court had previously acquitted Naji in December 2015, but a higher court found Naji guilty and sentenced him to the maximum prison term of two years on February 20, 2016. In May 2018, a Cairo criminal court overturned the original sentence and replaced jail time with a fine.
Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist…