Egypt imprisons bloggers

Egypt is battling with bloggers and freedom of speech. They are attempting to silence bloggers by imprisoning them.

Earlier this month, Abdel-Karim Suleiman, a 22-year-old former law student at al-Azhar Islamic university, became the first Egyptian jailed for his blogging when he was handed a four-year prison sentence.

His crime?

Suleiman, a Muslim and a liberal who uses the name Kareem Amer on his blog, was based on a complaint by al-Azhar University about eight articles written since 2004.

Suleiman accused the conservative Sunni institution of promoting extremist thought and described some companions of the Prophet Mohammad as "terrorists".

He also compared President Hosni Mubarak to the dictatorial Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

Wow, name calling gets you 4 years in the pokie in Egypt. I hope Clark doesn’t read this article as she may get ideas.

The international group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has added Egypt to its list of Internet Black Holes. RSF said one spur for this was a court ruling authorising the Egyptian government to block or suspend any website likely to pose a threat to national security. "This could open the way to extensive online censorship," said RSF in a statement.