· March, 2007

Stories about Egypt from March, 2007

Arabisc: In Keeping with Fashion, Algerian Blogger Sued

  28 March 2007

An Algerian official has today filed a case against blogger Abdulsalam Baroudi, accusing him of libel for an article he posted on his blog. This will be the first time a blogger is sued for his online writings in this North African country. Baroudi is unruffled and says he has...

Egypt: Blogger Assaulted

  28 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Hossam El Hamalawy reports a bizarre incident during the hearing of a case lodged by a judge to block 21 blogs and websites that “harm Egypt’s national interests and defame Hosni Mubarak.” “The court session ended in a circus, with judge Abdel Fattah Mourad who filed the lawsuit...

Egypt: Citizen Journalism Talk

  28 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Hossam Al Hamalawy will give two talks – one on citizen journalism – at the 5th Cairo Anti War Conference and 3rd Cairo Social Forum being held later this month. “The conference should be a golden opportunity for us to exchange experiences with international and local activists. I...

Egypt: Gamal Speaks

  28 March 2007

The Time-CNN Middle East blog posts an interview with Gamal Mubarak, who explains his views on the much-criticised amendments to the Egyptian constitution here.

Egypt: Arab Summit Predictable

  28 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia gives us her two cents on the Arab Summit here. “The Arab Summits now became like the elections in Egypt, an excepted result that is summarized in the famous quote ‘The Arabs agreed not to agree’,” she writes.

Egypt Hacked on Wikipedia

  27 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia draws attention to some foul play on Egypt's entry on Wikipedia. “I don't know who did (it) but this is rudeness,” she writes.

Egypt: HRW Slams Egypt

  27 March 2007

Egyptian-based blogger Issandr El Amarani links to an article in which Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticises Egypt for its heavy-handedness in dealing with protesters demonstrating against amendments to the constitution. The changes, said HRW, “effectively remove basic protections against violations of Egyptians’ rights to privacy, individual freedom, security of person...

Egypt: Anti-Mubarak Demo in DC

  27 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Nora Younis, who is based in Washington DC, US, reports on a rally she helped organise in DC to protest against the constitutional amendments in Egypt. “We met with Mr. Wael Aboulmagd, Deputy chief of Mission..Mr. Wael said expressing our concerns and debating the amendments was very healthy....

Egypt: 300 Review

  27 March 2007

Blogger Issandr El Amarani watched the movie 300 and gives us his thoughts about it here.

Egypt: Arrested Activists and Bloggers Released in the Desert

  26 March 2007

Bloggers Roam the Desert Egypt today released bloggers and other activists arrested in an anti-Mubarak rally in Cairo held the previous day in the desert, according to bloggers. Blogger and journalist Hossam El Hamalawy, who has been closely following the developments, writes: Police released the remaining Kefaya activists in custody...

Egypt: Free Kareem Rallies and What Kareem Wrote

  26 March 2007

A call has gone out for a second round of worldwide rallies to pressure the Egyptian government to free detained blogger Abdulkareem Nabeel Sulaiman, a 22-year-old former Al Azhar University student, who has been sentenced to four years in prison for articles he wrote on the Internet. On February 22,...

Egypt: Tunisian Prisoner's Health Deteriorating

  26 March 2007

“The health of the Tunisian prisoner of conscience Reda Boukadi is reportedly deteriorating again due to the diseases that hit him in Tunisian prisons; he should be released or moved immediately to hospital to be hospitalized before it is too late. the doctor who hurriedly examined him in Charles Nicolle...

Egypt: Bloggers Among Egyptian Demo Detainees

  25 March 2007

It is happening all over again..and may recur in a bigger way tomorrow (Monday March 26) as more Egyptians are threatening to take to the streets in protest against proposed amendments to the Constitution. Incidentally, a referendum on the amendments which are to be implemented tomorrow, which aim to –...

Egypt: Speaker Woes

  23 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia gives us her two cents on what she thinks of the list of speakers who attended a conference on Secular Islam in Florida, US. “I don't know how the organizers of the Summit of were thinking, it seems that they chose all the outcasted and hated personalities...

Egypt: Anti-Mubarak Rally in Cairo

  23 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy says an anti-Mubarak rally will be staged in Cairo Egypt on Sunday (March 26). This follows announcements of protests in Washington DC, US, and London, UK, on the same day.

Egypt: Pressure on to Release Sulaiman

  23 March 2007

Pressure is mounting on Egypt to release jailed blogger Abdulkareem Nabeel Sulaiman. The latest pressure tactics are an op-ed article in the New York Post and a call to US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to raise Kareem's issue in her meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, according to Free...

Egypt: A First for Parliament

  22 March 2007

“In what I think is a first in Egyptian political history, on Sunday 18 March, 102 opposition legislators began a boycott of parliament’s plenary sessions. The sessions are devoted to swiftly passing what the Mubarak regime is calling ‘amendments’ to the 1971 constitution,” writes Egyptian blogger Baheya. “In reality, the...

Egypt: Gamal Faints

  22 March 2007

Egyptian blogger Ibn Al Dunya links to an article which claims that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's son and heir-apparent Gamal fainted for five minutes prior to a NDP General Secretariat meeting.

Part Two: Inside the school of the Egyptian blogosphere

  22 March 2007

Source: original image from Baheyya (photoshopped), text in Arabic from Misr Digital (Read Part One of this article here) In order to better understand this highly organized Egyptian blogosphere and how bloggers perceive their role in this new, turbulent phase in their country's history, on March 15, 2007, I talked...

Part One: Inside the school of the Egyptian blogosphere

  22 March 2007

Source: original image from Baheyya (photoshopped), text in Arabic from Misr Digital It is being made clear almost daily that the dynamism of the Egyptian bloggers isn’t just online; the country's activist bloggers are also highly engaged on the street as well. They've been playing an active part in the...

Egypt: Jokes Not Allowed

  22 March 2007

Egypt-based blogger Issandr El Amrani links to an article which claimed that the State Security banned Kifaya leader Dr. Abdul Wahab Al Meseiri from holding seminar on jokes.

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