Egypt's Sherine sentenced to prison over Nile joke

HRF condemns the 6-months prison sentence of an Egyptian singer for joking about the cleanliness of the Nile River.

(BBC) – Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab has been sentenced to six months in prison for joking about the cleanliness of the River Nile.

Sherine, one of the country's most famous singers - and a judge on the Arabic version of The Voice TV show - told a fan that drinking from the famous river might give them parasites.

"Drink Evian instead," she joked.

Another singer, Laila Amer, was also sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison over a music video.

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