Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Egyptian blogger's sentence deals a blow to free speech

An Egyptian court's imprisonment of a blogger last week is another official blow to free speech, according to fellow bloggers and human-rights activists.

"It affects the only space of free speech left in Egypt, which is the Internet and the blogs, and it could possibly hinder what you can write in the future," said a prominent Egyptian who posts in Web logs, or blogs, anonymously under the name Sandmonkey.

An Alexandria court convicted Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, 22, of insulting Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, sentencing him Thursday to four years in prison.
Suleiman, a former student of Al-Azhar University, the Middle East's most respected Sunni religious institution, attacked the university, Muslims and the Egyptian government in his blog.

He accused Al-Azhar of promoting extremism, described Muslims who attacked Christians in Alexandria last year as "savages," and called the companions of the Prophet Muhammed "terrorists" and Mubarak "a dictator."

I don't see the problem here. Muslims that attack, behead, kidnap, rape, murder, take children as sex slaves, burn villages down are...


The companions of the "Prophet Mohammed" ....


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