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Egypt tightens leash on TV dramas

A new committee in Egypt designed to monitor TV series to make sure they abide by customs and traditions has been met with mixed reactions.
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CAIRO — Egyptian Ramadan TV series have an extensive record of controversy between state authorities and TV channels: Are they in line with family values, customs and traditions? Do they reflect society well or do they harm Egypt’s image abroad?

Faced with this recurrent debate, the Egyptian Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media established in December a specialized committee to monitor TV series and weed out the ones that are against the country's customs and traditions. The decision raised criticism and concern within Egyptian artistic and cultural circles, as well as questions about the future of Egyptian drama.

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