Egyptian entertainment shows are set to end in the near future, with the government saying on Tuesday that it will soon introduce the latest and greatest innovations to attract new talent and to preserve the legacy of the countrys most popular shows.
The entertainment industry has been facing pressure from the government in recent months as a series of recent protests have been met with crackdowns on dissent and increased censorship.
In April, the Egyptian government revoked the licenses of more than 30 television channels, including those of TV stations and radio stations, in response to the protests and an ongoing state of emergency.
In February, Egypt’s top court ordered the cancellation of a number of popular shows, including the popular Egyptian soap opera Al-Hijrah, the popular drama Cairo Nights and the popular Arabic language show Al-Aqsa.
The decision to suspend Egyptian television and radio shows comes at a time when the country is facing a wave of unrest and political instability.
The Egyptian government is also facing criticism from rights groups and even members of the opposition for the crackdowns it has imposed in recent years.
In December, Egyptian media outlets were forced to shut down over a series in which dozens of young men were arrested in Cairo, as part of an ongoing crackdown on the spread of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.