Friday, December 16, 2011

Blogger, in post-Mubarak Egypt, still sentenced to prison for insulting military


Maikel Nabel, a prominent blogger in Egypt, has been sentenced to two years in prison on charges of insulting the Egyptian military (reminding us of Thailand's laws against insulting the royalty), as crackdowns on free speech continue well after the outer of Mubarak. 

Nabel was convicted based on comments he made on his personal blog and Facebook account.  The story could underscore the observation that authoritarian governments are not above taking advantage of Facebook’s real identity policy.  It also shows that governments ousted by revolutions are often replaced by governments that continue many repressive practices. 

Leila Fadel has the story in the Thursday Washington Post here.

Nabil has been continuing a hunger strike. 

During elections the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice” party seems to run ahead of the conservative Salafist Nour Party. 

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