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Western Artists, Writers Press for Release of Egyptian Author

More than 120 high-profile Western authors and artists are calling on the Egyptian government to release author Ahmed Naji, who was convicted and jailed after publishing a novel containing references to sex and drugs.  The literary and human rights organization Pen America on Monday released an open letter to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, signed by the likes of filmmaker and playwright Woody Allen, journalist Carl Bernstein and poet Margaret Atwood. The letter notes...

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