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Egypt Interrogating Netizen for a Blog Comment

Categories: Egypt, Harassment, Legal Threats

Leave_a_comment.jpgOn September the 3rd, 2009, Khaled elBalshy, the Editor-In-Chief of the Al-Badeel newspaper, who maintains a personal blog at http://elbalshy.blogspot.com [1], was interrogated by the Interior Ministry's Internet Crimes department for a comment on one of his blog posts left by an anonymous visitor. The comment was in response to a post published several months ago [2]. The interrogation, which was unofficial, happened after a complaint against Khaled elBalshy for publishing the comment on his blog. And as a reaction elBalshy deleted all the comments on the aforementioned post [2].

It should be mentioned, that this is the first time that an Egyptian blogger is being interrogated for a comment published on his blog. This is an indication that security services are trying to come-up with new ways to attack and repress bloggers and internet users.

As reported before on GVA [3], the same case happened in Syria [4] with blogger Rokana Hamour [5] as well as in Malaysia [6] with blogger Nat Tan [7].