Posts tagged with ‘egypt’
Maikel Nabil Sanad was sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing Egypt’s military. Today he enters the 42nd day of a hunger strike.
Via Index on Censorship:
It’s Maikel Nabil Sanad’s 26th birthday but he is in no celebratory mood. When I arrive at El Marg prison north of Cairo during visiting hours on Saturday 1 October, I can barely hide my shock at seeing his bony physique. Maikel is wearing a wrinkled blue track suit and on his head is a baseball cap worn backwards in a sign of rebellion. It is clear that Maikel is in extremely frail health. He attempts to stand up to greet me but almost immediately falls back into his chair in sheer exhaustion. That’s because today, Maikel tells me, is also the 40 day of his hunger strike — one that he had hoped would draw public attention to his plight and force the ruling military council to reconsider what he describes as the military’s “discriminatory “policies.
…While social media undoubtedly shaped the unfolding of liberation struggles in the Middle East and North Africa, to say that these were Facebook or Twitter revolutions is misleading. The focus on technical aspects of the Arab Spring marginalizes and minimizes the role of traditional organizing and downplays the risks and commitments made by ordinary people who put themselves, embodied and in real time, on the line for freedom.
The most troubling aspect of the myopic focus on “Liberation Technology” is the suggestion that if you add internet, you can produce instant revolution.
— Virginia Eubanks, author, Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. No Tech-fix for Justice.
Egypt's Military Censors Critics
- Hossam el-Hamalawy: Any institution of the country that takes taxes from us should be open to question
- Mahmoud Saad: No, no, no. I will not allow you to say those things on this network.
- FJP: El-Hamalawy is an Egyptian blogger. Saad a television host. The New York Times reports that the Egyptian military "is pressing the Egyptian news media to censor harsh criticism of it and protect its image. The military’s intervention concerns some human rights advocates who say they are worried that such efforts could make it harder for politicians to scrutinize the military and could possibly undermine attempts to bring it under civilian control or investigate charges of corruption.
Lara Logan, CBS Correspondent, describing the assault she suffered while covering protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. The interview will appear this Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
Emily Wax, Washington Post. On ‘60 Minutes,’ Logan describes assault in Cairo.
Andy Carvin Sits in a Bar
- Bartender: Who were those guys?
- Andy Carvin: Egyptian revolutionaries.
- Bartender: Wish I'd known. Would've given them shots of Cuervo on the house.
- FJP: Andy Carvin, NPR's Senior Strategist, hangs out in a bar. Carvin's been called a one man newswire as he tweets and retweets revolution in North Africa and the Middle East: http://bit.ly/gtM9z1
Via the New York Times:
An Egyptian blogger was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for criticizing the military in what human rights advocates called one of the more alarming violations of freedom of expression since a popular uprising led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak two months ago
The blogger, Maikel Nabil, 26, had assailed the Egyptian armed forces for what he called its continuation of the corruption and anti-democratic practices of Mr. Mubarak. Mr. Nabil often quoted from reports by established human rights groups.