الجمعة، 19 يناير، 2007

Solidarity with Kareem

Kareem's case has become a milestone in our quest for freedom of expression in this country. The charges leveled against him are very serious, and while I am not in a position to agree or disagree with what he wrote, the mere idea of someone spending time for expressing his thoughts and views in his own blog, is frightening, because it sets a precendent, and while today it is Kareem, tomorrow might be you and me!

Charges leveled against Kareem are Contempt for religion, Insulting the head of state, Promoting hatred for a religious sect (Islam)!! These charges might carry a 3 year sentence each up to 9 years total prison time!

The ruling has been postponed to 01/25/07 for the defense to study and present its case, and your presence might affect the rulling since the judge was interested when he noticed the number of human rights activists and other bloggers attending as wa7damasrya reports here in her blog.


The Daily Start Egypt Edition presented a coverage to the demonstration held in front of the Egyptian embassy in Washington DC, while Banhawi, and JarelKamar reported on the latest and the previous court hearing.

This site was created to support and follow up the case.

The photo is taken by Banhawi on 01/18/07 while Kareem is being led to the court room in Moharam Bey Court, Alexandria.

هناك 8 تعليقات:

Egypeter يقول...

Let's hope enought public pressure (international and domestic) will help persuade the judge to throw out this absurd case!!

And of course it doesn't really matter whether one agrees with what he says...their his own opinions, and he's entitled to them. Sadly, I know this is a sore subject for many Egyptians.

If the U.S. had these STRANGE laws approximately 2/3 of our population would be imprisoned! A government should NEVER restrict Freedom of Thought.

Let's hope poor Kareem is well, mentally and physically, and gets out of Muburak's prison soon...

Thank you prof, please keep us updated :) Salaam.

حفصوتشا ام مصطفيتش ما بعد حالة الهذيان يقول...

اللذيذ في الموضوع ان الدولة بتدعي انها حكم اسلامي و انهم متخذين القران مرجعية عليا ليهم
مع ان القران مكتوب فيه ايه في سورة الكهف بتقول "و من شاء فليؤمن و من شاء فليكفر" يعني نفس النص المقدس بيديك حرية الارادة في العقيدة
لكن للاسف الناس و المؤسسات بقت فاكرة نفسها اله و محدش المفروض يغايرها في رايها
لعنة الله على مبتدعي بدعة حكم الردة

howie يقول...

I live in the USA...my wife came in yesterday and asked if I knew about "this Kareem". Apparently news has hit mainstream American media.

That could only be potentially helpful to this brave man.

Nah·det Masr يقول...

Egypter,

thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this! It's frightening to imagine that someone in an early age like this could be imprisoned for 9 years for his thought! there are much more outspoken blogs, but the government is not after them; the thing is the Azhar professors are the ones to blame for reporting him to the police! I wish someone can list their names so that we know thes AHs.

حفصة،

شكراً على تعليقك، اتمنى كل الناس تفكر زيك، ولكن على ما يبدو، ناس كتير مبسوطة انه مسجون وحتى في تعليقات كتير من عينة "أياكش يولع بجاز وسخ!" . اتمنى ان نشر قصته في البلوجات يكون اقل مساهمة لرفع الظلم عنه ونشر ثقافة حرية التعبير حتى عن الأراء اللي مش عاجبانا!

Howie,

Thanks body, I really felt good reading your comment! I am sure that will be good for his case. Its people like Kareem who will push the freedom of expression envelope in Egypt which will affect the whole region.

Tsedek يقول...

no matter how they try to stop 'individual freedom of opinion' nah-det masr. one thing is sure: whoever tries to stop and suffocate it is losing....

I hope Kareem will be freed soon...

Nah·det Masr يقول...

Tse, thanks for stopping by! I second your opinion that those who want to suffocate freedom will eventually lose!

Benjamin Parrish Cook يقول...

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Your blog was featured in an essay of mine. You can find that essay about the power of Middle Eastern Blogs at
http://arenablog.blogspot.com/

Benjamin Cook

Nah·det Masr يقول...

Thanks Ben for stopping by. I have looked at your blog, and it is really interesting. Cheers,