Saturday, April 18, 2009


Egyptian blogger and journalist Ahmed Seif Al-Nasr is on hunger strike in protest of his April 10 arrest. Nasr is being held by police in Fayoum where he was arrested after he reported on student protests the previous day. Reporters Without Borders issued a statement condemning the arrest of the blogger and correspondent for the independent daily Al-Dostour. Nasr has been critical of government policy on his blog in a country where dissidents are routinely harassed and detained. The U.S backed government of dictator Hosni Mubarak has escalated its clampdown on dissident activities since December, targeting scores of bloggers, journalists, and human rights activists.

Previously detained on two occasions, Nasr was aware of the risks of his political activity. His detention comes amidst a wave of arrests targeting members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other dissident groups as the government is putting senior opposition officials on trial.

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