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Egypt: A Blogger Disappears After His Release

Categories: Legal Threats, Egypt

abdel-rahman-fares.jpg Although he was released by the Public Prosecutor, Egyptian blogger Abdel Rahman Fares (25 ) is still missing. Fares who blogs at Lesani Howa Qalami [1] (My Tongue is My Pen) was arrested on April 5, while handing out flyers in his city of Fayoum, calling people to take to the streets and protest against the government, as a part of the “6th April strike [2]”.

The young blogger was charged with handing out literature promoting the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood [3] and for calling for strikes. Besides, he is recognised as a Muslim brotherhood blogger, which means he is member of an outlawed group. A friend of Fares wrote in his blog that he was released last night, but nobody knows his whereabouts.

Recently, Fares told the readers of his blog, that he was summoned to the State Security headquarters:

I don’t know whether the both incident are related! I was summoned to State Security office and ordered to be their on 1st April. Right after that, I had a chat with someone I don’t know on Facebook, he commented on my satus, then chatted with me, describing me and the supporters of 6th April strike as rioters. And he told me ‘don’t regret when you are punished!

Fares posted a screen shot of this conversation:

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The missing blogger used to write about activists who have been arrested. He is now one of them.