Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Kareem trial, and posibble verdict tomorrow

Just a quick remainder of possibly the final court session of Kareem´s case tomorrow.

I have no time to write at the moment, but will try later today.

In the meantime read this op-ed published in WaPo today and in the Daily Star(Beirut) yesterday by Raja M Kamal and Tom G Palmer.

The article ends like this:

¨Egypt is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the "freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media." The exceptions allowed are narrowly drawn and require proof of "necessity" before restrictions can be imposed. The posting of opinions on a student's personal blog hardly qualifies as a threat to national security, to the reputation of the president or to public order.

Soliman is not a threat to Egypt, but this prosecution is.

Whether or not we agree with the opinions that Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman expressed is not the issue. What matters is a principle: People should be free to express their opinions without fear of being imprisoned or killed. Blogging should not be a crime.¨


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