Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Egyptian Bloggers Detained by Police

Source: Egypt Arrests Another Blog Critic -

Cairo police have recently detained a blogger who has been commenting on governmental affairs in Egypt. The blogger, Rami Siyam, was detained along with three friends after leaving the house of a fellow blogger late at night.

According to BBC Arab Affairs analyst Magdi Abdelhadi blogging in Egypt, where democratic freedoms are severely constrained, is strongly connected with political activism. Specifically, in recent times, bloggers have been commenting on the sexual harassment of women at night, in full view of police who do nothing to stop the assaults.

A recently detained blogger, Abdel Kareem Nabil, was charged with disrupting the public order, inciting religious hatred and defaming the president.

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