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Middle East Eye: 'Egyptian artist Ramy Essam's new song inspired by poet jailed for 1,000 days'

Middle East Eye has published an article covering Galal El-Behairy's story and Ramy Essam's new song El Amiis El Karoo (The Flannel Shirt).

English PEN, a human rights organisation that champions writers facing persecution, has also called for people to take action and spread the word about El-Behairy's imprisonment.

"We hope that El-Behairy knows that he has not been forgotten, that his words are continuing to reach audiences around the world," said PEN's Cat Lucas.

Speaking to MEE from his place of exile in Sweden, Essam shared some of the changes he wished to see in Egypt, from improved education, to healthcare, democracy, self-sufficiency and religious freedom - and his hope to see more rights for minorities in Egypt, as well as the tackling of issues such as sexual harassment and gender inequality.



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