Egypt's stars of social media feel the wrath of Sisi's state and Jordanian author Madian Al-Jazerah discusses his new book

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09 July, 2021
The New Arab Voice is our bi-weekly podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

In this week's episode of The New Arab Voice, we discuss with Diana Alghoul (@SuperKnafeh) the death of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat, who was killed by the Palestinian Authority, and the growing protests against Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

And then, we explore the story of the TikTok stars of Egypt who are facing lengthy prison sentences, for daring to create a following that the Egyptian state feels threatened by; featuring an interview with Rothna Begum (@Rothna_Begum), a senior women's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Finally, The New Arab Voice sits down with Jordanian author Madian Al-Jazerah, to discuss his new book Are You This? Or Are You This?, and ask what it was like to open the first internet cafe in the Middle East.

This podcast is produced by Gaia Caramazza and Hugo Goodridge. Music by Omar al-Fil, @elepheel. 

To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email