Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Warning to Egyptian Bloggers

Egypt's interior minister on Friday accused those reporting cases of alleged police torture of being part of an 'unpatriotic campaign' to tarnish the country's police forces.

Habib Al Adly warned Egyptians against using the internet to jeopardise national security.

Al Adly said during an interview on Egyptian TV that:

Information posted on the internet that poses a hazard to the government is a very dangerous crime - a crime of which its victims include individuals, the state and its institutions.

The minister clearly believes that bloggers are conspiring against the Egyptian police. If you ask me, conspiracy theories are bullshit.

In fact, I'm convinced that all concpiracy theories were invented by a few people in a room somewhere, this is why I don't agree with the minister that there is a conspiracy against his ministry.

You see, bloggers (unlike me) are usually very computer savvy and clever with handling anything that is made out of zeros and ones, so how can their publishing on the internet of the police torture videos that they got their hands on be any less mysterious or unexplained?

I hope I'm not upsetting anybody here. I wouldn't want to make anyone from the police angry, but if I inadvertently did then .... good :)

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  • I have a lot of respect for all bloggers living in suppressive dictatorships, standing up for your basic rights to express your opinions and thereby fighting for other people's rights too.

    By Blogger Holme, At 8:24 PM, January 28, 2007  

  • i read the article and i think it s terrifying honestly do u think they might capture really bloggers

    By Blogger maf2ou3a, At 4:59 PM, January 30, 2007  

  • maf3ou3a, you know what? It could be related to this I don't think they would arrest bloggers on a wide scale, but they might go after one or two (like they did with Kareem)

    By Blogger zabinzo, At 6:08 PM, January 30, 2007  

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