Turns out that Ayman Nour's decision to deploy the most potent weapon in the Arab political arsenal - the music video clip - was too dangerous for Hosni Mubarak to allow:
Egypt’s presidential electoral commission has banned leading opposition candidate Ayman Nour’s campaign television spot on the grounds the theme song had been plagiarised, Nour’s spokeswoman said yesterday.
Gamila Ismail branded the move “one of the dirtiest tricks of the campaign” for the September 7 presidential poll and blamed President Hosni Mubarak’s camp, alleged by the opposition to hold sway over the electoral commission.
“We can’t start our television campaign because the committee says it has received a complaint from someone who claims property of the song. We are in deep trouble now because the song can be heard throughout the clip,” she said.
The story says that the Commission claims that Mohammed Mounir - the singer of the original song - filed a complaint, which would seem unlikely if Linsday (in comments to the earlier post) is right that Mounir was actually the uncredited voice on the video clip.
Either way, it appears that Ayman Nour will have to win or lose (lose) without the help of the video clip... and the Mubarak regime has demonstrated once again that it isn't willing to play fair even when it doesn't matter. Pathetic.
Back on Tuesday.