Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Push for U.S. to demand that Egypt respect freedom of expression.

As a response to last week’s conviction of Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman, The Washington Post, in an editorial today, poses the question of whether or not the Bush administration should continue to accept and subsidize a government that doesn’t support and respect freedom of expression. Egypt is one of the greatest beneficiaries of United States aid, receiving over $2 billion annually.

The editorial asserts that the Egyptian government tries relentlessly to repress and freeze any secular attempt to shed light on the democratic movement within the country. As another Egyptian blogger known as Sandmonkey wrote of Soliman’s conviction, “This could be used to prosecute any blogger the government feels like punishing and serves as a huge blow to freedom of speech in Egypt.”

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