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ICC NOTE: Police have arrested a well-known secular blogger after writing articles against Islam.

Well-known blogger held in web crackdown

Gulf News

11/08/2006

Cairo : Police have arrested a well-known secular blogger, officials said yesterday, a day after an international rights group accused Egypt of being among the worst suppressors of free expression on the internet.

Abdul Kareem Nabeel was detained in Alexandria on Monday afternoon after being questioned by the state security authorities, a police officer said. “It is related to articles he put on the Net,” the officer said.

Nabeel’s friends promptly posted an item on the internet that said Nabeel appeared to have been detained over an article he recently wrote on his blog dealing with Islam.

Nabeel, 23, was a law student at Al Azhar university, the leading Islamic institute in the Sunni world, in Cairo until last year when he was expelled for alleged blasphemy. He was arrested briefly in October 2005 after he published an internet article that condemned riots by Islamists against Egypt ‘s Coptic Christian church.

Reporters Without Borders said it had added Egypt to its list of states that are deemed to be the worst suppressors of freedom of expression on the internet.