Today 27th of November 2020 marks 1000 days since Galal El-Behairy was arrested.
In February 2018 Egyptian artist Ramy Essam released a song and music video, Balaha. Lyricist of the song, poet Galal El-Behairy and web designer Mustafa Gamal have been imprisoned in Egypt since. Director of the music video Shady Habash died in custody after being jailed for almost 800 days.
On 31st of July 2018, poet Galal El-Behairy was sentenced to 3 years in prison and a 10 000 L.E. fine by the Military Court in Cairo, for his unpublished book of poetry, The Finest Women On Earth. Galal also faced charges in a Civilian Court case concerning Balaha, which he has been released from. However, he stays imprisoned, having been sentenced already in the Military Court.
New music and poetry
Today Ramy Essam's new song and music video El Amiis El Karoo (The Flannel Shirt) has been released. Lyrics are written by Galal during his first months in Tora Prison in 2018.
Today Galal's poem Metaphor, written in Tora Prison in 2019, has been published in Egyptian Arabic and English in collaboration with Artists At Risk.
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Poetry from behind bars by Galal: