Target: Adly Mansour, President of Egyptian Supreme Court
Goal: Free an Egyptian author who was sentenced to prison for writing “sexually explicit” scenes in a magazine.
An author was sentenced to two years in prison for writing so-called sexually explicit scenes. Egypt’s high court convicted Ahmed Naji of violating public modesty when a man claimed to have an ill response to his magazine article. Demand the release of this author and protect the rights and opinions of all intellectuals in Egypt.
A man claimed to suffer heart palpitations, sickness, and a drop in blood pressure after reading an except from Naji’s novel. Prosecutors argued that the piece contained “vulgar” phrases. Though he was previously acquitted in a lower court, the higher court found Naji guilty of violating public modesty and immediately transported him to prison.
Naji is not the first intellectual to suffer consequences under this archaic policy. His conviction is the fourth against an Egyptian writer or artist in recent months. Sign below and preserve the rights of all intellectuals in Egypt.
Dear Chief Justice Monsour,
Ahmed Naji is serving a two-year prison sentence for writing “sexually explicit” content. A man claimed to suffer from heart palpitations, sickness, and a drop in blood pressure after reading his article. We demand Naji’s acquittal and a reassessment of this archaic policy.
Naji’s conviction is the fourth against an Egyptian intellectual in recent months. Artists and intellectuals face legal consequences for merely sharing their opinions. Even an offensive Facebook status has resulted in a prison sentence. Opinion should be expressed freely and without fear of persecution.
We demand the acquittal of Ahmed Naji and a reexamination of this archaic policy.
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