By Susan Harris
Troubling news from Cairo, where Magdy El Shafee's new graphic novel, The Metro, has been seized by police on the ground of "disturbing public morals." Magdy reports that police raided the offices of the Malameh publishing house, confiscated all copies of the book, and forbade the publisher to print further copies. The police also ordered booksellers to deny all knowledge of the book and delete any relevant data from their computers. The publisher, activist Muhamed Al Sharkawi, has been imprisoned since April 6 for his activities in a general strike; police have demanded that he, his fiancée, and the author appear before the police bureau. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information has issued a press release.
What’s the follow up on this story? His new book Metro appeared in the current issue of Words Without Borders, but I can’t find it at any booksellers.
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