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Bloggers arrested in Egypt May 13, 2006

Posted by lsalama06 in Hot issues.
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Just received an email from a friend of mine who is an avid blogger…actually the email is a petition asking everyone to call for the release of 6 bloggers who were detained by police (just because they are blogging)….. this coincides with my conclusion in my Media Theory essay saying that the internet alone cannot bring about democracy and enhance political participation….and also any benefits that internet brings to democratization or effective political participation in Egypt will be of a long term nature, mainly because both political reform and the IT field are still considered in their infancy stage.

>From: Amr Gharbeia
>To: Undisclosed.Recipients: ;
>Subject: Peaceful Protestors in Prison while Mubarak visits Gemrany
>Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 01:44:45 +0300
_________________________________________________________________
On the day of Mubarak’s arrival in Germany, peaceful protesters are
being imprisoned for supporting independent judiciary. Of the 48 detained so
far, 6 are bloggers. One of those, Alaa Abdel Fatah, is a very good friend of
mine.

We have worked together to build the Egyptian blogsphere, and last
year, he won the DW Best of the Blogs special award for freedom of speech, while
I won the Best Political Blog in Arabic.

We managed to launch a world-wide campaign to free Alaa and the other
47.

Please help us by spreading the message to German-speakers. This is an
interview I did to DW today:
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2015594,00.html

You can stay updated with the whole campaign through the Free Alaa
blog:http://freealaa.blogspot.com

Thanks
Amr Gharbeia
http://journal.gharbeia.net

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Comments»

1. ghfgf - May 13, 2006

free peaceful protesters not only alaa


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