05 March 2007

EG - Egypt's bloggers test state media control

Egyptian bloggers have come into the spotlight, on the one hand as an important forum for political debate, on the other as the target of government attempts to limit their freedom of expression. Earlier this month, Abdel-Karim Suleiman, a 22-year-old former law student at al-Azhar Islamic university, became the first Egyptian jailed for his blogging when he was handed a four-year prison sentence. Blogs also provide a platform for religious and social minorities whose issues rarely find space in traditional media.