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Blogger given three year sentence in Egypt for dissent

Is this the form of democracy we must expect from the new Egypt?

A military court has passed a three-year jail sentence on the blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, Reporters Without Borders, says.  Sanad  took aim at the army for how it behaved during the Egyptian revolution this year.   Reporters Wiithout Borders says Sanad "is the new government’s first prisoner of conscience."

Reporters Without Borders went on to say that:

The sentence was issued discreetly yesterday in the absence of Sanad’s defence and his supporters, who had previously demonstrated outside the court. No appeal is possible. Detained since 28 March, he was tried on 7 April, after several postponements, on charges of insulting the military, publishing false information and disturbing public security.

Challenging the view that the armed forces maintained a relatively neutral stance during the protests in January and February, the report accused them of taking part in the arrests and the torture of demonstrators.

“This is not the way things are done in the democratic society to which Egyptians aspire.” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said.

To read more, go to Reporters Without Borders website.

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