Religion and Fiction in Egypt: (Self) Censorship is Part of the Problem

...the present kind of censorship by say, religious conservatives, is much more damaging and much more frightening for the writer because you don’t know exactly who you are offending, where the threat is coming from or what the possible punishment might be. When the state was exercising censorship, you knew: the book would be banned and you’d be stopped from writing for a while--maybe even go to prison for a little while if it was really bad. All this is awful, of course, but at least it's calculable.