"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Via the Committee to Protect Bloggers
Abdolkarim Nabil Seliman is a 21 year-old Egyptian student of law at the Azhar University, Damanhour Campus, a women's-rights activist and a correspondent for Copts United. In addition to writing at Civic Dialogue, he also publishes a blog as "Kareem Amer."
On Wednesday 26 October 2005, Egyptian State Security took Abdolkarim from his home, and confiscated hard copies of his writings. He is now on his way to an unknown detention.
Editor's note: A petition is being organized not only for Seliman but for Omid Sheikhan and Mojtaba Saminejad as well (who were both arrested for expressing their opinions online via weblogs). How ironic that both of these cases involve citizens being punished for criticizing political figures in regions practically endorsing theocratic style governments. Although this may have more to do with the socialistic nature of these regimes, as this next case shows.
(CNet) Libya has sentenced a blogger to a year and a half in prison after he criticized the government in his online articles, according to Human Rights Watch. [...]
The arrest came after al-Mansuri published some 50 articles on the U.K.-based Web site akhbar-libya.com, in which he criticized Libyan society and government. The arrest was carried out by the Internal Security Agency, who confiscated his computer, papers and compact discs and questioned him about his articles, he told Human Rights Watch. (Media Source*)
Editor's note: Although freedom of speech is taken for granted in many western nations (not to mention those in the process of being westernized), such privileges are unfortunately scarce in regions where the governments main concern is not enabling their people but retaining power for itself.
These Emergency Blog Alerts are broadcasted as a public service announcement in order to enlighten audiences about the conditions of political freedoms of citizen journalists worldwide.
Photo credit: Image of Abd al-Raziq al-Mansuri from the Committee to Protect Bloggers.
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