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Top Egypt censor quits after 'adults only' film pulled for further review

Published on Apr 19, 2014 10:10 PM
 
Lebanese pop star Haifa Wehbe arriving for a premier of her movie 'Halawet Rooh' at a cinema in the town of Dbayeh, North of Beirut, on April 8, 2014. The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned in protest at a decision to pull Wehbe's latest movie, which has been criticised for scenes deemed sexually provocative. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned in protest at a decision to pull Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe's latest movie, which has been criticised for scenes deemed sexually provocative.

On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab ordered Halawet Rooh (Beauty of the Soul) not to be screened until the censorship board reviews it again.

Revealing clothes worn by the pop and film star in the movie, sexually explicit movements and scenes featuring a young boy fascinated by her have stirred harsh criticism.

The censorship board head, film-maker Ahmed Awad, announced his resignation late on Friday on the privately owned television channel CBC Two, saying he stood by his decision to allow the film to be shown.

 
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