The fact that Egyptian authorities didn’t censor a box office-topping film that deals frankly with homosexuality–along with police torture and government corruption–is probably a sign that Egypt’s government is adopting a more tolerant, progressive attitude.

  • Meanwhile, in the U.S., Bush just signed the “Janet Jackson FCC bill,” which raises by tenfold the fines for broadcasing so-called indecent material.

  • Reuters:

    An Egyptian film based on a best selling novel has pushed the boundaries of censorship and broken social taboos in its frank portrayal of homosexuality, police torture and government corruption.

    “The Yacoubian Building” has topped the box office since its June 19 premiere and tells the stories of Cairenes living in one of the capital’s classic 19th Century apartment buildings.

    Set in the 1990s, its main characters include a homosexual, an aged womanizer and the son of the building’s doorman, who joins an Islamist group after his application for the police force is turned down because of his lowly social status.


    Wait, before you go…

    If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

    Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.

    Support Truthdig