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Egypt: Another Letter from Imprisoned Blogger, Two bloggers Released, Co-blogging gets Popular and More

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Egypt, Digital Activism, Film, Human Rights, Politics

In this week's round-up from Egypt imprisoned blogger Karim Amer sends another letter from prison expressing his loneliness and feelings of injustice, the bloggers who were arrested this week were released, movies at the headquarters of Al-Ghad party, the phenomenon of co-blogging gets popular in Egypt and more.

Send Karim Letters in Prison: Wa7damasrya [1] is calling upon everyone to show solidarity with Egyptian blogger Karim Amer [2] who is sentenced to four years in prison for allegedly insulting Islam and defaming the president of Egypt. She said on her blog that she received another letter from Karim [3]and that he needs support to encourage and comfort him. She believes little words will do. She published Karim’s address in prison for anyone interested in sending him a note.
Abdel Karim Nabeel Soliman
Borg El Arab Prison
Department 24 Room 10
Arab Republic of Egypt

In the same context, Free Kareem is blogging [4]about a letter sent to the Egyptian Embassy in Romania calling for interceding on behalf of Kareem to drop charges. The blog is reporting that the letter was ignored.

Movie Showtime in Al-Ghad Party HQ: 7rnksh [5] is letting us know that Al-Ghad party is organizing two campaigns; “our country’s art for our people” and “let’s watch our movies” on Thursday July 19 at the party’s headquarters.

Imprisoned political leader Ayman Nour [6] is the leader of Al-Ghad [7]. He ran against President Hosni Mubarak [8] in the presidential elections in 2005. Nour is spending five years in prison for allegedly forging papers.

Co-Blogging Gets Popular: Hany George of Bikya [9] is confirming to us in a blog post that co-blogging as a phenomenon is spreading in the Egyptian blogosphere. He thinks it is very positive that bloggers are joining hands to blog. Believing in co-blogging, George became one of them in tama7eek [10], a blog where a number of bloggers write on a weekly or a monthly basis.

Cairo Metro on High Alert: Manfa [11] blog is describing this week’s security procedures after unveiling and attempt to plant a bomb in the Cairo metro network. Citizens with any kind of bags are subjected to security checks and in some instances IDs are requested. Manfa is puzzled by the procedures especially that he is a regular metro passenger and he normally carries a bag for work-related reasons. He says people standing in lines waiting for the security check-ups keep asking what’s wrong and the security staff reply back “nothing wrong.” He thinks this is not a way to answer the people’s concerns in such a critical time.

Two Bloggers Released: Tahyyes confirms [12]the release of the two arrested bloggers [13] – Moataz Adel and Ahmed El-Geizawy. The two bloggers were arrested on their way to a military court session to cover it in blog posts. Congratulations on the release!

That's it for this week's round up from Egypt. I will leave you with good news and until next week!