الخميس، 22 فبراير، 2007

Kareem sentenced to 4 years in prison! post the names of those who reported him

This is a black day for freedom of belief and expression in Egypt. Blogger Kareem Amer has been senstenced by Moharem Beik Court in Alexandria to four years imprisonment for writing his beliefs under his name in his personal blog!!! he got three years for the charge of contempt of religion, one year for the other charge of contempt of the president of the republic. For all those islamist bloggers now rejoicing, believe me, you're next!

I call on those who know the names of those Azhar University professors who reported him to be posted for all to see who are the people who contributed in sending him behind bars for exercising his right to write his opinions in his blog.

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Egypeter يقول...

This is a CRUSHING defeat for Freedom of Anything in Egypt!

I was eagerly anticipating the verdict because I saw this as a HUGE test for Egypt regarding, again, Freedom of Anything. And Egypt failed, miserabley!

I am so sad for poor Karim, haram. I know his writings offended some (many) people but they are his own personal views that he wrote on his own personal blog! Did he deserve ALL of this?? So where does this leave Egypt? What know? Does this give the governenment a free hand in arresting anyone who thinks differently?

And to be honest, considering some of the things that are said about Christians in Egypt, one has to wonder why the charge, "contempt of 'religion'" is not applied more equally, I see it all as a double standard, it's not fair, but that's another story.

Khasara ya Masr!

Nice to see you posting again professor, I was wondering where you went?

Salaam friend.

Peter Risdon يقول...

What can we do to help?

By the way, I will be visiting Egypt next month. My email address is on my blog, if you fancy a coffee.

Nah·det Masr يقول...

Egypter,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I totally agree with you. kareem's problem was that some Azhar Univ. Profs. reported him, otherwise, there many blogs that are more harsh to Islam or to Mubarak.

I was out of town, and didn't have access to my blog for a reason. Anyway, thanks for asking.

Peter,

Thanks for stopping by! I don't really know what can be done to help Kareem apart from changing the way people think, which isn't something anyone can do! education has to change to get a better next generation I believe, it's probably too late for the current generation.

Thanks for the invitation, but I will not be in Egypt in March. Maybe on your next visit.