Kareem Amer three years in prison
February 22nd marked exactly three years since Egyptian blogger Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman – better known as Kareem Amer – was sentenced to 4 years in prison for insulting Islam and president Hosni Mubarak.
On December 12th 2009, the Cairo court of cassation rejected a request by Kareem’s lawyers for his case to be retried.
-This decision shows the Egyptian judicial system’s lack of independence. The authorities decided to make an example of Kareem Amer in order to intimidate Egyptians who use the Internet to express their views freely and criticize the government, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) stated on its website.
According to RSF, Kareem has had no contact with the outside world for the past eight months, as he is denied any visitors, including his own lawyers. The organization is very worried about the conditions in which he is being held and his physical and psychological health
Prisoner of conscience
Amnesty International considers Kareem Amer to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned on account of the peaceful expression of his views and condemns the four-year sentence he received. So do I.
Kareem was the first blogger subjected to a prison term by the Egyptian regime. Sadly, others have followed. Not only in Egypt. As I write this, oppressive regimes all over the world are targeting bloggers in their attempts to curb criticism and limit free speech. It is therefore of the utmost importance that bloggers stand up for each other and show the world that censorship and oppression will not stand.