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Sad day for freedom of expression

This is a very sad day for the freedom of expression in the Middle East:Egyptian Blogger Sentenced to Prison ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — An Egyptian blogger was convicted of insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak and sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday in Egypt’s first prosecution of a blogger. Abdel Kareem Nabil, a 22-year-old former student at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, an Islamic institution, had pleaded innocent to all charges, and human rights groups had …

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Bahraini court imprisons journalist for libel case

It is with utter sadness that I learnt that journalist Mr. Saleh Al-Amm was handed a 3 month prison sentence or payment of a fine as the court found him guilty of libel in a case brought against him by Ms. Fatima Buali, the ex-manageress of the Almanar Home for the Elderly. This prison sentence is rather ominous, and will further stifle the already fragile freedom of expression in Bahrain and will push its press freedom …

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BJA condemns minister’s reneging on an agreement to drop case against blogger

Post updated at 21:25 on 13 Feb, ’07 with English translation by me of the Bahrain Journalists Association’s press release. The Bahrain Journalists Association has just released a strongly worded press release in which it condemned the minister of municipalities and agriculture’s reneging on an agreement in which I have fully fulfilled. My thanks go to Adel Marzooq who has been a pillar of support and mediation. I wish to thank him publicly for all of …

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Libel case going ahead

Unfortunately the mediation between the minister of municipalities and agriculture and myself to resolve the dispute and perceived libel has not been successful. I have demonstrated my good will over the last few days by amending the original article, but that it seems is not enough for the right honourable gentleman. The minister wants to pursue his legal right and extract his pound of flesh. I re-iterate that I do not believe what I published was …

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BCHR first to declare support in libel case

I am indebted to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights for being the very first organisation to offer me their unstinting support in the libel case brought against me by the minister of municipalities and agriculture and releasing a statement to that effect. My neglect to mention this fact is my personal stinking brain-fart so please excuse me for not mentioning this specifically. The BCHR of course are no stranger to being castigated and singled out …

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