Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Egyptian bloggers continue to face incarceration for dissent

In recent months the Egyptian government has intensified its crackdown on dissent. Internet blogging has become a popular forum for voicing such criticism, and now a prime target in the crackdown, according to a recent article in Britain’s Telegraph.

“Human rights activists claim that the about-turn follows the U.S. administration’s decision to relax pressure on Middle Eastern governments to enact democratic reforms,” the article says. Some say that the crackdown is not having its intended effect though. “Some people are intimidated but overall it’s producing the opposite effect,” one blogger said. “It is radicalising the blogosphere even more. We have bloggers joining every day.”

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