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Prisoner of His Words

Monday, January 22nd, 2007 - by Esra'a Al-Shafei

Imprisoned Egyptian Blogger Faces 9 Years in Prison for Championing Women's Rights, Free Speech, and Freedom of Religion. By Esra'a Al-Shafei Abdelkareem Soliman, also known online as Kareem Amer, is a soft-spoken 22 year-old Egyptian blogger whose basic personal rights have been abused by the Egyptian government. His only "crime" was to publish critical blogposts on the Internet. Due to the "secular" views expressed on his blog, he was expelled from Al-Azhar University and turned over the police prosecutor in Alexandria, Egypt.

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