Thursday, February 22, 2007

Egyptian blogger jailed

News is emerging that a blogger from Egypt, Abdel Karim Suleiman, has been sentenced to jail for some articles he published. Egyptians may not be able to criticise Islam or the president, but the rest of us can.
Hosni Mubarak is an ersatz dictator. Suppression of independent thought and opinion is the action of a dictator. Laws like this do nothing to enhance his image to the world beyond Egypt - or, one suspects, inside as well - and nothing that's been reported has shown Suleiman to be insulting towards Islam, even though it leaves itself open to criticism as does any other organised religion. It appears more like criticising the actions of people operating under the banner of Islam. Quite a different beast. The hearing took five whole minutes before the judge declared Suleiman guilty - sounds like a nice fair trial then eh? Eh? Oh.

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