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1000 days imprisoned: Poet Galal El-Behairy


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poet Galal El-Behairy was sentenced to 3 years in prison and a 10 000 L.E. fine by the Military Court in Cairo, for his unpublished book of poetry, The Finest Women On Earth.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.

Read in Egyptian Arabic >

Read in English >

Read more about Galal:

- Open letter from PEN and Artists At Risk

- UN human rights experts urge release of poet/songwriter

- ARC Story: Galal El-Behairy

Poetry from behind bars by Galal:

- Metaphor

- A Letter From Tora Prison

- The Flannel Shirt

- I Have A Date With Tomorrow


Read more about the case >

#FreeGalal Facebook > Twitter >




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