Saturday, November 20, 2010

Internet Censorship Around the World Part 4 Egypt...

In part 4 of this series, we cover Egypt.

According to a report by Reporters Without Borders, Egypt's internet is very controlled.  There are three organizations in the government that deal with the Internet, the Information and Decision Support Center, The Supreme Council of Universities, and Telecom Egypt, the biggest commercial provider of Internet services.  Internet cafes are regulated and anyone using their services has to provide an identity card and address.


Kareem Amer
Bloggers have been arrested for expressing any dissident views against the government.  Trade Unions, have been outlawed for several years now.  The most famous of these dissenting bloggers is Abdel Kareem Nabil Suliemanm, known in the west as Kareem Amer.  He was imprisoned in 2007, and sentenced to three years in prison, for "insulting the president," and "incitement to hatred of Islam."  He was recently released.  Here is a video of his situation:


Kareem Amer is not the only one imprisoned.  Others, such as Esraa Abdel Fattah Ahmed and Ahmed Maher were detained and beaten for 12 hours by the police.  Kareem El-Beheiri was arrested, and spent 73 days in custody, in connection with articles he posted, on his blog (http://egyworkers.blogspot.com/), in which he asked for rights for workers against official corruption.  These men, were arrested for their involvement in the organization of a demonstration for workers rights through Facebook, which took place in April 2008.


In our next installment in this series, we shall speak of Iran.

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