Thursday, February 22, 2007

Egyptian blogger jailed

I risk very little when I commit my sometimes half-baked views to the blogosphere. Little beyond scorn or ridicule. In Britain the dissident or contrarian can campaign and rail without fear of reprisals or brutality, at least none directed by the state. So the case today of Abdel Kareem Soliman serves to remind how the freedom of ideas is less certain in many other countries.

Soliman used his web log to condemn the
al-Azhar university, the country's foremost Islamic institution, and President Hosni Mubarak, whom he described as a dictator. Today he was sentenced to four years' imprisonment. I am not aware of what exactly Soliman said other than call Mubarak a dictator and describe the al-Azhar institution as a "university of terror" and that it suppressed free thought. Unfortunately, he has been vindicated in that belief.


At 3:06 pm , Anonymous a. nonymous said...

I thought this was going to be about Perez Hilton, the blogger who's being charged with some form of privacy invasion thing in America, for finding and posting shots of Jennifer Aniston's jubblies that had been cut from a nudie scene she did in a recent film...


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