Egyptian Chronicles: Egyptian Bloggers Detained in Naj Hammadi "Updated"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Egyptian Bloggers Detained in Naj Hammadi "Updated"

A group of Egyptian bloggers has been detained in Naj Hammadi by the security forces earlier this morning. This group was going to pay respect to the Christians in city and also to see what is going on. Most if not all these bloggers are among the famous citizen journalists. I do not have the full list of the group but these are the names of the bloggers I know that they are being detained :
I do not understand why these bloggers have been detained. Wait for more updates.
Update # 1
  • Here is a photo for the bloggers, journalists and activists from 7th April Youth 

  • These are the rest of the names :
- Mustafa El-Nagar 'Blogger'
- Marian Nagar "Journalist-Reuters"
-Bassem Samir "activist"
-Bassem Fathi "activist"
- Israa Abdel Fatah "activist"
- Nasser Abdel Hamid " democratic front party"
- Salama Akal "democratic front party"
- Ro'a Ibrahim "AUC student"
- Hanan Ismail
- Ahmed Abu Zakery
- Sharif Abdel Aziz " blogger"
- Amira Al-Tahaway
  • The mobile phone of Qena's governor Magdy Ayoub is 0020101555700 
Updates #2
  • There is a French activist among the detainees. 
  • There were news that some girls were sick during the detention 
  • Unfortunately Sheikh Al Azhar was in Naj Hammadi leading the prayer there and also visiting the Christians.
  • According to tweets the detainees are being transferred to Cairo 
Updates #3 
  • According to tweets the journalists among the activists have been released. 
  • Earlier the ministry of interior has denied that it detained anybody
  • The detainees are very exhausted and tired , they were not given food for the entire day. 
  • I am not sure but I found a tweet saying that the detainees will be transferred to Cairo from Qena in prisoners' vehicle , this is too much especially in the cold weather now at night 
Update#4

  • The activists are being accused of three charges related to riots and public disturbance.
  • The detainees are being interrogated now. 
Update #5 
  • The detainees are going to spend the night in Qena :(
  • Earlier morning insh Allah the rest of activists will be interrogated. 
  • The French embassy has admitted that there is a French activist among the detainees , no details are available other than that , no name or anything else. 
  • The official press is attacking them already 
  • Here is an updated photo for the detainees 

Update#6:

  • The prosecution has ordered their immediate release in Qena
Update#7 :

  • The activists are on their way to Cairo :)
  • They will reach Cairo after two hours insh Allah
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17 comments :

  1. I'm worried about all of them especially Shahinaz since I know her =(

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  2. They r supposed to come out after the friday prayers!

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  3. Awful! Why is freedom of thought and speech considered punishable?
    Rhetorical question!!!

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  4. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised to read about this, here and at BikyaMasr. Of course Egyptians want to show support for and solidarity with the victims of the Christmas Eve shooting... and of course the government would stop them. Besides, what a convenient way to silence a good deal of vocal opposition. Insh'Allah they will be home with their families soon...

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  5. Play with fire and you get burned! i'm glad we are finally cracking down on these louts!

    lets see if your blogs and twitter can save you now!!!!!! bravo ya habib!

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  6. http://shayunbiqalbi.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-post_16.html

    http://tahyyes.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-post_5642.html

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  7. HOW ARE YOU NEVER DETAINED OR HARASSED? EVEN SANDMONKEY WAS HASSLED. BUT NOT YOU. WHY IS THAT?

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  8. @Ice Queer, we all are worried on them , unfortunately as you can see they were not released after the Friday's prayer but rather today

    @mycr, do not even ask

    @Blogging Egypt , unfortunately this way could be useful for them from a decade ago but not now.
    Thank God they have released now.

    @anonymous , who are you calling louts ??


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  9. @anonymous#2 , why do you want to get detained or harassed !!???

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  10. Thanks Zeinobia for all your up dates.

    You write, that the prosecution asked for their release. Are there news from their actual release?

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  11. I'M JUST SAYING IT'S STRANGE HOW ALL OF THE REAL BLOGGERS IN EGYPT GET DETAINED OR HARASSED BUT NOT YOU AND YOU WRITE ALL KINDS OF ANTI-REGIME POSTS. IT'S VERY STRANGE. UNUSUAL. WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT PROTECTS YOU FROM BEING DETAINED OR HARASSED.

    ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE REGIME PUPPETS THAT YOU TALK ABOUT THAT CRITICIZES THE REGIME BUT WITH THE REGIME'S PERMISSION? WHO ARE YOU REALLY? ARE YOU EVEN A FEMALE?

    ENQUIRING MINDS ARE WONDERING WHY YOU SEEM TO ESCAPE ANY NEGATIVE REPERCUSSIONS AS A RESULT OF WHAT YOU WRITE IN THAT BAD ENGLISH OF YOURS.

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  12. @Anonymous hater:
    a) Zeinobia is anonymous blogger, she never revealed her identity in any single post before
    b) all bloggers who get arrested r the ones who reveal their identity
    c) you'll say that u can get arrested even if u r anonymous, I'd tell u that it's not that easy especially if u know how to get around using different IPs..etc
    d) you and conspiracy theory should get married and live happily ever after ;)

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  13. Hey Queer boy...go have sex with yourself since it's all you know how to do.

    Zeinobia works for the Egyptian government. Wake the hell up you naive clued out disgusting human being that has same sex intercourse. God has a special place for you called HELL. Read the Quran and the story of Prophet Lut.

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  14. @anonymous , if you know the Quran so well , do not you know that lying is haram !!??
    You know very well I am not working for anyone !!

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  15. LOL sweetie, homophobia is GAY and obviously u've nothing to say after what i've told u so u r just trying to cover up ur embarrassment by ur lame passive aggression : )
    Whatever makes u sleep at night! ;)

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  16. I know this thread is old but I wish that you would call to your readers attention that the U.S. is fighting against governmental restrictions on the internet.Check out Hilary Clinton's statement regarding China's interference.

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  17. Mr.Smith, the state department has addressed the arrest of these bloggers in Egypt also. Regarding China , well it does not surprise me , already I did not like the fact that google used to inform the regime there with the details of the users in the past

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