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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Kareem's blog is our Danish cartoons

The controversial Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer will appear in court tomorrow and could face a long jail term if convicted.

Kareem's views are not popular, but that is irrelevant. There is alot of simillarities between Kareem's case and the Danish cartoons controversy.

The fundamental question here is what do you do to person who expresses an opinion that is seen by some as offensive? Do you jail him? Do you demonstrate and burn the embassy of his country? Or do you accept his right to express whatever he thinks?

It is all about freedom of expression (regardless of what is being expressed).

Kareem is not the only one who is being tried here. This is a trial of the Egyptian government, El Azhar, the Egyptian justice system, bloggers and everyone following this case anywhere (whether you like it or not).

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4 Comments:

  • It is all about freedom of expression (regardless of what is being expressed)dunno are you with or against or you just wanted to open the case to discuss i guess every one is free to express with limits if that you wanted to support
    best wishes

    By Blogger Memo, At 5:49 PM, January 24, 2007  

  • My view is that ofcoarse there should be limits to freedom of expression. No one should be allowed to spread hatred and racist or discriminatory views or to call for the killing or maltreatment of other human beings, but Kareem never did any of that. I think that it is perfectly OK to be offensive.

    By Blogger zabinzo, At 6:08 PM, January 24, 2007  

  • Jailing people for diverging opinions only proves that your case is not strong enough to face verbal resistance.

    My fingers are crossed for Kareem in the trial tomorrow.

    By Anonymous Holme, At 4:59 AM, January 25, 2007  

  • I'm hopin' and prayin' for this guys big time. I'm really worried for him.

    I really hope that a lot of good Egyptians support this man, especially considering how brave he is!!

    By Blogger Egypeter, At 2:52 PM, January 25, 2007  

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