Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The 'Crime' Of Blogging In Egypt

Raja M. Kamal and Tom G. Palmer - The 'Crime' Of Blogging In Egypt - "A former college student, Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, is sitting in an Egyptian prison, awaiting sentencing tomorrow. His alleged 'crime': expressing his opinions on a blog. His mistake: having the courage to do so under his own name.

Soliman, 22, was expelled from Al-Azhar University last spring for sharply criticizing the university's rigid curriculum and faulting religious extremism on his blog. He was ordered to appear before a public prosecutor on Nov. 7 on charges of 'spreading information disruptive of public order,' 'incitement to hate Muslims' and 'insulting the President.' Soliman was detained pending an investigation, and the detention has been renewed four times. He has not had consistent access to lawyers or to his family."

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