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In the first video, well-known Egyptian scriptwriter Medhat El Adl said the sentence against novelist Ahmed Naji came as an "extreme shock" to writers and artists, and expressed concern for the future of art in Egypt.Former Google executive Wael Ghonim, who helped ignite Egypt's 2011 uprising, also criticized the verdict against Naji.Culture Minister Helmy El-Namnam attended a conference Thursday supporting Naji, the third conference held to discuss the novelist's sentence in as many days.Egypt's constitution states that artists, writers, and other creative individuals should not be imprisoned for their work.Naji's defense team says they will appeal the verdict at Egypt's highest appeals court, the Court of Cassation.
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