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Egyptian blogger arrested

November 9, 2006

Well-known Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil was detained in Alexandria on Monday afternoon after being questioned by the state security authorities, a police officer told The International Herald Tribune.

– It is related to articles he put on the Net, the officer said, declining to say more about the case.

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Not the first time

It is not the first time Nabil is arrested for his online activities. In October 2005 he was detained briefly after he published an Internet article that condemned riots by Islamists against Egypt’s Coptic Christian church. Sadly, Nabil is not the only Egyptian arrested for blogging. Reporters Without Borders said Monday it had added Egypt to its list of states that are deemed the worst suppressors of freedom of expression on the Internet.
The group said Egypt detained three bloggers in June and held them for two months for advocating democratic reform.

It also expressed concern over a recent Egyptian court ruling that said an Internet site could be shut down if it posed a threat to national security.

Stand up for Nabil

Nabil’s friends have launched an Internet campaign for his release. Reporters Without Borders are currently running a 24 hour campaign against what they call “black holes of the Internet”. Human rights organization Amnesty International have launched their own campaign, Irrepressible Info on the same subject. Stand up for your fellow bloggers and sign these campaigns. Now!

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