The PJ Tatler

Calling back 'Sandmonkey'

Waking up this morning to news that Egyptian blogger ‘Sandmonkey’ – to whom I had spoken about eight hours earlier on Skype – was arrested after my interview with him was posted sent shock waves of guilt through me. Was I relieved to hear that he was released after a couple of hours, even though his cellphone was supposedly confiscated and his car destroyed.

Out of curiosity I again dialed S’s Cairo number on Skype. Who knows – I might have gotten a Mubarak thug. Didn’t happen. What I did get was a recorded message – in Arabic and English – telling me that this number was not answering and to “try again later.” Somehow I’m skeptical.