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Egypt Government's War on Speech

Reuters: Egyptian blogger jailed for insulting Islam.

An Alexandria court sentenced an Egyptian blogger to four years in jail on Thursday for insulting both Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Karim Suleiman, a 22-year-old former law student who has been in custody since November, was the first blogger to stand trial in Egypt for his Internet writings. He was convicted in connection with eight articles he wrote since 2004.

The case is a travesty, but in unfree nations such things are all too common.

Keep in mind that Egypt’s repressive regime has imprisoned others for speaking out. The fact that they’ve done it to a blogger is troubling in its own way, but not precedent-setting.

1 Comment on “Egypt Government's War on Speech”

  1. #1 Media lui Comanescu » links for 2007-02-23
    on Feb 23rd, 2007 at 1:20 pm

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