Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Prosecution of bloggers threaten freedom of expression in Egypt

Raja M. Kamal of the University of Chicago, and Tom G. Palmer of the Cato Institute recently expressed their disapproval over the treatment of an Egyptian blogger in their Washington Post op-ed Wednesday. Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman was recently expelled from Al-Azhar University in Egypt for his comments regarding the university's curriculum; he is the first blogger in Egypt to be condemned for his remarks.

Kamal and Palmer worry about Soliman’s plight and are gravely concerned about what these recent actions indicate about the future of freedom of expression in Egypt. They write, "We find it shocking that a university would turn a student over to the authorities to be persecuted for voicing his views. The future of learning and science is at risk when dissenting views are punished rather than debated."

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