Laila Elwi demands explanation for Minister of Information’s decision to ban her tv series
Egyptian actress Laila Elwi has expressed her surprise at the decision taken by the Egyptian Minister of Information banning her television series “Bint Min Shubra” (the girl from Shubra) from being aired on local and satellite-based Egyptian tv channels. Laila has stressed that it was within her rights, as well as those of the rest of the cast of the drama, to be given a logical explanation for the minister's decision.
Minister Mamdouh Al Biltaji had announced that the drama will not be aired on any of the local and satellite-based Egyptian television channels as it will negatively affect the religious and social harmony that has existed for many years.
Prior to Ramadan, the cast had celebrated the completion of most of the final scenes of the series at the Media Production City in Cairo following a decision not to air the second part of the series during the holy month. The second half of the series had been postponed till after the Muslim Eid El Fitr holiday in order to get the higher ratings they would like to see - there is usually less competition at that time as there is always an excess of television dramas running during Ramadan.
On the same note, director Jamal Abdul Hamid voiced his objection to the decision by referring to the official statements released from both the Al Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Church clearly stating that the drama was in no way controversial and that there will be no opposition to the airing of the series. The final episodes are currently being prepared for what was supposed to be the upcoming broadcast of the second part of the series. - Albawaba.com