Egypt bans Ramadan TV series 'Dunya Tanya' over 'immoral scene'
Egypt on Saturday decided to ban the airing of a television series that was supposed to run throughout the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, saying it contained "immoral scenes."
Egypt's Supreme Media Regulatory Council banned 'Dunya Tanya' – Another World – over a scene in the first episode, which depicts a husband cheating on his wife with her sister.
The story revolves around a teacher suffering from depression when she loses her son who drowns to death.
The TV series, starring well-known names as such Laila Elwi, was previously given conditional approval by the media regulatory council, provided that the scene they considered immoral be deleted.
That episode was aired in full however on Egypt’s Al-Nahar channel, violating the council’s conditions.
The show's crew has denounced the move, saying they respected social values in Egypt and called on the council to watch the whole show before taking a decision.
'Dunya Tanya' is just the latest victim of censorship and public vitriol in the Egypt film industry. Productions also depicting political corruption and police brutality are also often censored.
Dunya Tanya is part of Alaraby2's offering of programmes this Ramadan.