· May, 2007

Stories about Egypt from May, 2007

Egypt: The Bahma Clashes

  14 May 2007

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia updates us with the latest in a sectarian strife between Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian town of Bahma. More than 500 people were reported to have taken part in a fight, which resulted in some casualties and the burning of a few homes and shops owned...

Egypt: Last Chance for Kareem in Court

  13 May 2007

“Kareem’s pro bono lawyers have submitted a cassation file for Kareem Amer: Revocation of Karim Amer’s verdict: Last chance for justice,” announced the Free Kareem site, set up by supporters after Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabil Sulaiman was sentenced to four years in prison for insulting both Islam and Egyptian president...

Egypt: War on Bloggers Exposed

  11 May 2007

Egyptian blogger Nora Younis explains in detail the escalating war on her country's bloggers here. “I had posted earlier that bloggers are now under gunfire in Egypt. Several people here in the United States asked me why is this happening to bloggers, and why now? I will try to explain...

Egypt: Sharm for Sale?

  10 May 2007

Frederik Richter, writing for The Arabist, notes that property worth up to $250million has been snatched up by foreigners over the past three years in Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt – but nobody is really sure on which legal basis that has happened.

Free Monem Podcast

  9 May 2007

Free Monem campaign member Mary Joyce was interviewed yesterday, on May 8, by the activist-blogger and podjournalist at CitizenReporter.org, Mark Fonseca Rendeiro. They talked about Monem and his work, the Muslim Brotherhood, the crackdown on Egyptian bloggers and the Free Monem campaign. You can listen to the resulting podcast here.

Egypt: Monem sends SOS

  9 May 2007

‘Today, blogger Monem was ordered 15 days extended detention in Torah Mahkoum prison under conditions he described as “unbearable by any human being”. Monem sends SOS to Rights and Civil Society Organisations,’ writes Egyptian blogger Nora Younis. Abdulmonem Mahmood, a Muslim Brotherhood blogger, was arrested for articles he wrote online.

Egypt: War on Bloggers

  9 May 2007

Egyptian blogger Nora Younis reports about a full-fledged war against bloggers in her country. “The war on bloggers started in Egypt and every morning brings a new episode. While we are campaigning to get our fellow blogger Monem out of jail we get the news he goes on hunger strike...

Egypt: open war on bloggers

  8 May 2007

“The war on bloggers started in Egypt and every morning brings a new episode” wrote Nora Younis on her blog today. Nora linked to a SMS/Twitter alert sent to her by blogger Amr Gharbeia: “I was summoned by the prosecutor general to appear on Thursday next in North Cairo interrogator...

Egypt: Ahmadinejad Busted

  8 May 2007

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia posts photographs featuring Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kissing the hand of his former school teacher. “A 70-year-something old lady wearing black from top to down except the head scarf. Najidi kissed her hand and she kissed his head. Seriously it is a very respectable civilized act from...

Egypt: Royal Wedding Gossip

  8 May 2007

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia brings us up-to-date with the latest gossip surrounding the extravagant wedding of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's son Gamal. The ‘juicy’ bits include the venue, menu, dress and ring and honeymoon destination. ‘Vanessa Williams sang in the wedding a whole hour before Amer Diab “I love her in...

Egypt: Free Prisoners of Conscience

  8 May 2007

“An international campaign to free Monem was launched by a group of activist bloggers from several countries. Reporters Without Borders released a petition calling for the release of bloggers Abdel Monem Mahmoud and Karim Amer (Abdel Karim Soliman). Several other activities are taking place in New York and Europe to...

Jailed blogger Abdel-Monem went on open hunger strike

  7 May 2007

Jailed blogger Abdel-Monem Mahmoud along with 23 other jailed students from the Institute of Agricultural Engineering threatened to begin a hunger strike on Tuesday May 8 in protest of their harsh detention conditions. According to a hunger strike statement sent today, the detainees claimed that they were subject to sexual...

Egypt: Blogger Summoned for Criticising Gaddafi

  7 May 2007

Libyan-Egyptian relations took a new turn over the weekend, with an Egyptian blogger summoned for questioning after writing an article criticising Colonel Muammer Gaddafi. “Eman found herself requested to go to the National State security building in Alexandria for an investigation in the charge of attacking another president by the...

Egypt: Ambassadors Need Training

“Ambassadors should have to get training to restrain from heaping free praise to regimes that don’t deserve it,” writes Egypt-based blogger Issandr El Amrani, who links to a New York Times article on recent developments in Egypt.

Egypt: Bloggers in the Headlines

  7 May 2007

Egyptian blogger Ibn Al Dunya links to articles about blogger Sandmonkey, who has announced he was giving up blogging, and Abdulmonem Mahmood, who has been arrested for his blogging activities.

Egypt: Article on Bloggers Published

  4 May 2007

Egyptian blogger Issandr El Amrani links to an article he published in The Guardian's Comment is Free site “about Arab and Egyptian bloggers and how they might face the ongoing security clampdown.”

RSF: petition to free Kareem and Monem

  4 May 2007

Reporters Without Borders has launched today a petition calling the Egyptian regime to free the tow Egyptian bloggers Kareem Amer and Abdel-Monem Mahmoud. RSF is urging Internet-users to sign this petition and block Egypt from hosting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in 2008 (conference organized under the UN mantle) unless...

Egypt: Female Journalist Jailed

  4 May 2007

“The Nuzha Misdemeanours Court in Cairo issued it´s verdict against Huwaida Taha today. Taha, who produced the al Jazeera documentary on torture in Egypt, ‘behind the sun’ (Wará ash Shams in arabic) was sentenced to six months in prison, and ordered to pay a fine of 30 000 Egyptian pounds/equivalent...

Abdel-Monem Mahmoud: the Egyptian totalitarian regime is the problem

  3 May 2007

As I promised in my last article “Online Freedom for All: Some cases worth supporting”, I’m publishing here the translation of the interview I did with the jailed Egyptian blogger and journalist Abdel-Monem Mahmoud at the 3rd annual Al Jazeera Forum in Doha, Qatar, tow weeks before Monem’s arrest. Monem...

Free Monem Campaign

  3 May 2007

As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day, the Egyptian journalist and blogger, Abdel Monem Mahmoud, sits in jail after reporting on torture and condemning the transferring of civilians to military tribunals. On this occasion, a number of bloggers and activists from around the world have launched the Free Monem...

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