An Egyptian court has sentenced one of the country’s top singers to six months in prison over a comment she made about the River Nile. The singer Sherine was not in court and can appeal the sentence.
She was charged with spreading fake news over a joke she made at a concert last year when a fan asked her to perform one of her most famous songs, Have You Drunk from the Nile?
She warned her audience they’d catch the waterborne disease, Bilharzia, if they did.
Sherine has since apologised, but Egypt’s musicians union has since banned her from performing in Egypt.