Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 05:48 am CEST
Email Email | Print Print | rss RSS | comments icon Comment |   font decrease font increase

   


Email Email | Print Print

post divider

Mon, April 11, 2011 | Rubin Report | By Barry Rubin

Maikel Nabil Sanad standing in the burned car of Officer Mokhtar during the Egyptian revolts. (Source: maikelnabil.com)

 

Egypt Goes Full Circle: Back to Imprisoning Bloggers

The group that began the Egyptian revolution had just two important priorities before setting to overthrow the Mubarak regime earlier this year. One of them, to end all Egyptian sanctions against the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip, is well on its way to success. The other, to protect bloggers from being arrested by the authorities, has now failed.

An Egyptian military tribunal just found guilty the 26-year-old Maikel Nabil Sanad. What is his alleged crime? Insulting the army. How did he do it? Reported about misbehavior by the army. What is his sentence? Three years in prison.

Sanad, a civilian, was sentenced by a military court without the presence of a lawyer. One of the governing military officers explained, it’s one thing to criticize with good intentions, it’s another thing entirely to question the army’s actions.

I don’t know Sanad but people speak well of him. This is one more step to the rolling back of freedom in Egypt and the defeat of the “Facebook liberals.” Egypt will probably go radical nationalist, it might go Islamist, but it isn’t seeming to go in the direction of moderate and open democracy.

Free Maikel Sanad if you want to convince us otherwise.

See Sanad’s blog here. And here is the facebook page to free him.


4 Comments to “Egypt Goes Full Circle: Back to Imprisoning Bloggers”

  1. avatar Crethi Plethi says:

    #Egypt Goes Full Circle: Back to Imprisoning #Bloggers | #freedom #April6 #Jan25 http://j.mp/hbhDlu

  2. #Egypt Goes Full Circle: Back to Imprisoning #Bloggers | #freedom #April6 #Jan25 http://j.mp/hbhDlu

  3. avatar Elisabeth says:

    RT @CrethiPlethi: #Egypt Goes Full Circle: Back to Imprisoning #Bloggers | #freedom #April6 #Jan25 http://j.mp/hbhDlu

  4. avatar someone from egypt says:

    this is breaking my heart you guys gotta stop we are all egyptians grow up who cares what religion we are we are all egyptians and thats what matters! please respect other!!!!!!!!!!!!


avatar

Quotes and Sayings

About the Region, Islam and cultural totalitarianism...

    Palestine will rise upon the ruins of the State of Israel … A Palestinian state will be a time bomb which will draw the Arab world into war.

    — Yitzhak Rabin, Pinkas Sherut, Tel Aviv, 1979, p.583; Ma’ariv, febr. 10, 1989

Weather Forecast

Middle East region weather forecast...

  • Show forecast for:
    17 August 2017, 06:48
    Mostly sunny
    W
    Mostly sunny
    20°C
    7 km/h
    real feel: 19°C
    current pressure: 1010 mb
    humidity: 81%
    wind speed: 7 km/h W
    wind gusts: 11 km/h
    sunrise: 06:05
    sunset: 19:20
    More forecast...
     
CRETHIPLETHI.COM - ONLINE MAGAZINE COVERING the MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL, the ARAB WORLD, SOUTHWEST ASIA and the ISLAMIC MAGHREB - since 2009