Egyptian Blogger Nabeel Abdul Kareem Detained for the Second Time!
Egyptian Blogger Nabeel Abdul Kareem was arrested by state security for the second time a couple of days ago. Looks like the state security wants to celebrate with Kareem his first anniversary of his first detention. Same month last year Kareem was arrested for writing about Alexandria's sectarian violence. He was a witness to the violence in the city he lives in.
He is 22 years old. He can never be more expressive and vibrant. If he cannot say all what he wants to say at this age, when will he be able to? Not everyone agrees with what Kareem says or writes about, but this does not mean that he should be charged with such horrific charges like being threat to state security, defaming Egypt or insulting religious instuitions...etc.
I did not know that a blog can be used to defame an entire country and nation! But apparently in the eyes of the Egyptian state security, it is, yes. As an Egyptian citizen I had never felt that Kareem can be a threat to me or to my country. Living in the U.S. made me feel that it is normal to say what you believe in. Why Americans do not feel threatened by those criticizing President Bush or the army? Why the hell they keep creating all these websites, blogs, go on demonstrations, write books, shoot movies, publish newspapers and no one feels that the country is threatened by all those people taking the liberity to express themselves even if they are nuts?
Detaining Kareem for the second time for writing an article on the Sunni religious insitution, Al Azhar, is a big slap. Where is the freedom of expression and speech? Is this the promised democracy in Egypt? Keep your mouth shut or you will be thrown in the no where at the state security prisons..
You can follow Kareem's news on this site created for his news and for his freedom.
It is worth mentioning here that the Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF) added Egypt to its internet blacklist! May be the Egyptian state security can arrest RSF for trying to damage the image and reputation of Egypt.