"Exodus: Gods and Kings," the $140 million Hollywood film about the biblical escape of the Jews from Egypt, will not be shown there because it asserts historical falsehoods and spreads a "Zionist view," the Egyptian culture minister was quoted as saying on Friday. If confirmed, a ban in Egypt would make it the second Arab country this week to bar "Exodus," after a reported decision by Morocco to bar its distribution in theaters on Christmas just as it was about to be shown.
The live feed from Egypt is riveting. We can t get enough of revolution video - even if, some nights, Middle West blizzards take precedence over Middle East battles on the networks' evening news. But more often than not we have little or no context for what we're watching. That's the legacy of years of self-censored, superficial, provincial and at times Islamophobic coverage of the Arab world in a large swath of American news media.