In a land known for pyramids and sands, your honest opinion is welcome so long as it conforms to the governments views. Apparently Abdel Kareem Nabil decided against conforming to the norm and decided to express his views of the government on everybody’s favorite platform–a blog.
(Jerusalem Post) An Egyptian blogger went on trial Thursday on charges of insulting Islam and inciting sectarian strife for his Internet writing criticizing Muslim authorities and the Egyptian government, his lawyer and court officials said.
It was the first trial of a blogger in Egypt, where a string of anti-government bloggers have been arrested the past year, drawing condemnation from human rights groups. […]
Nabil, who uses the name Kareem Amer on his blog, frequently denounces the government of President Hosni Mubarak on his blog and is often deeply critical of Egypt’s Islamic authorities, particularly Al-Azhar, one of the Sunni Muslim world’s top religious institutions. Nabil, a resident of Alexandria, was former a law student at Al-Azhar University.
Nabil (or Kareem) is no stranger to facing the wrath of Egyptian authorities, as he was previously harassed for condemning the riots by his fellow Muslims against Christians (as he views those actions of being un-Islamic). Ironically this has enraged some government officials who are now accusing him of various crimes against the state.
Note: Bloggers wishing to express their feelings regarding this matter can contact the Egyptian Embassy at 202.895.5400 (fax: 202.244.4319 or 202.244.5131).