Monday, March 12, 2007

Sofa King Wrong

Court Upholds Prison for Egypt Blogger

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An Egyptian appeals court on Monday upheld the four-year prison sentence given to an Egyptian blogger who criticized conservative Muslims and was convicted of insulting Islam and Egypt's president, court officials said.

Abdel Kareem Nabil's sentence last month had been widely condemned by local and international rights groups as a bid to curb free expression.

Nabil, a 22-year-old former student at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, had been sentenced to three years in prison for insulting Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and inciting sectarian strife, and another year for insulting President Hosni Mubarak.

If anything should unite left- and right-wing bloggers, it should be to fight the jailing of this Egyptian blogger who simply spoke his mind. But it won't. In this case, it was a government who overtly jailed this person. While the USA gives Egypt billions per year to offset the billions we give Israel, I doubt one dollar will be withdrawn to, as President Bush put it while campaigning for the 2000 election, Vote Freedom First.

Instead, our freedom-fighting government will allow a government to perform the same action that thugs did to shut down Saba's Bahrain and Beyond blog. Threats and coercion once again trump simple honesty.

We are so lucky here and they are so unlucky in Egypt. But wait, it is not so simple. Even hanging out in Canada and trying to participate in a pluralistic society bring threats of violence to the family of a fine young woman with the nickname of Saba.

Let us see what these sometimes selfish wings of this bird humanity do to help a fellow blogger. The Amnesty Int'l and affiliated parties have pointed this out. Let us see what we will do here in America.


The Moody Minstrel said...

Egypt is not the only country doing things like that. The blog of Leilouta, a Tunisian living in America and married to an American, has been regularly reporting on people in other Muslim countries falling afoul of the law for what they put in their blogs.

Speaking of which, Leilouta's blog has been mysteriously silent for a long, long time ever since that last post, so she might have met a similar fate to Saba.

(Actually, I've heard word from Saba recently. I'm not sure how public she wants to go, so I won't say much, but she and her boyfriend are doing fine...though the situation with her extended family is still very complicated right now.)

ladybug said...

It's kind of weird-imagine getting jailed for "insulting Xianity, or Jesus".

If Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and the 700 Club Cabal (Pat Robertson, Falwell et al, ya know the ones who blamed 9/11 on Americans themselves?)had their way, anyone left of Genghis Khan would be makin' money for Wackenhut....

And lest we forget exactly what Roberton & Falwell's little Taliban sound bites were, here's a quote from the transcript"

“The abortionists have to bear some of the burden for this,” Falwell fumed, “because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the Pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians…. I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’”

Yea right, it wasn't those fundie religious wack-jobs with an ax to grind that did 9/11.....

Don Snabulus said...

We wish Saba and boyfriend well and I am heartened that they are doing well. Hopefully Leilouta is able to keep going with her blog.

Anonymous said...

PPP would be the first against the wall if this ever happened in the US.

I get very irate when I hear stories like this one.

If you ever wondered why I keep a few links to government agencies on my blog, its to discourage threats.

Which is ironic, because they would probably be the ones making the wall.

Swinebread said...

Fear is the mindkiller...

Dean Wormer said...

I think I linked something on China jailing/ torturing internet addicts and bloggers.

Moody- thanks for the link to Leilouta's blog. Wow.