Victory for Free Speech

Three Cheers for the Egyptian justice system. Judge Mourad lost his case today, and the court ruled in favor of freedom of speech on the internet, with emphasis that websites should never get blocked by the government. This is a very important legal precedent, and a boon to free speech advocates everywhere. Kudos to Gamal Eid and the Hesham Mubarak legal team, and special thanks to Judge Mourad: if it wasn't for your stupidity, this wouldn't have taken place at all.

Today is a good day! 

Update: The Press release in english is here! 

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  1. tommy
    December 29, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Cool!

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  2. Don Cox
    December 29, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I don’t like this part:

    “freedom of these websites as long as these sites do not harm the beliefs or public order.”

    “Harming beliefs” can be used as an excuse to ban any sites that advocate atheism, Christianity, Bahai or whatever.

    Likewise, free political discussion can be said to harm “public order”.

    Still, the ruling is a step forward.

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  3. Gard
    December 29, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Awsome! that is certainly a step in the right direction.

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  4. Adam B.
    December 29, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Congrats!

    How does the egyptian justice system work – is it like the american, where precedence is paramount? Scandinavian law, to my knowledge, doesn’t put any legal weight on precedence; it’s only viewed as a guideline for future rulings. In american/anglican law, on the other hand, precedence is a weighty and very tangible size, something a judge cannot ignore at his leisure, and it is used widely to determine the outcome and possible penalties of a case. If the egyptian system works like the latter, this ruling is of great importance. If it’s like the former, this ruling is interesting but only as important as other judges will let it become…

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  5. sharon
    December 29, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Grande! Ciao!

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  6. anonymous
    December 30, 2007 at 12:11 am

    I’m also curious about the Egyptian justice system. I made friends with a couple of Egyptian lawyers when I was in Egypt….not hard to do since, everybody and their cousin is a lawyer..u don’t need good grades at the end of high school i think to get into law school…i wanted 2 ask the lawyers if i could sit in on a hearing or something..but my time in Egypt ran out..

    Is it like it is in the Egyptian films..where they r in enclosed cages behind closed doors…

    Re: Kingdom of Hosni…the guy’s days r numbered..he’s looking old and he’s a has been the Israelis are making fun of and treating like he is of little importance or consequence…His royal subjects are on the verge of revolt. 2007 was the year of strikes, protests and civil disobedience in Kingdom of Hosni despite his arresting his opponents and changing the constitution 2 ease of the way 4 the heir to take over the throne. He had 2 back down and give in 2 the demands of all of the protesters…one has 2 wonder if the king has a strong hold on his kingdom these days…

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  7. Trochilus
    December 30, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Hopefully, if there is true internet freedom, this will now mean an end to Kareem’s sentence.

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  8. Eva, Canada
    December 30, 2007 at 7:38 am

    My heartfelt congratulation to Egyptian bloggers. While Egypt can celebrate this victory of free speech, American and Canadian writers are being systematically silenced by legal jihad. The trend is worrying to say the least.

    People of the world, Canada needs your help!

    First read the article:
    http://canadiancoalition.com/forum/messages/27582.shtml

    Then sign the petition (regardless of your nationality):
    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/a-free-dominion-against-the-hrcs.html

    Thank you.

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  9. Windingstad
    December 30, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Uhmm, I´d say precedence is widely used and very important in scandinavia as well, Adam. Just imagine all the useless laws we still have around, that we don´t use.

    Congrats on this Sam…

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  10. brooklynjon
    December 31, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Eva,

    While I’m aware of those concerns, I think the American free speech tradition is too robust to ultimately be seriously threatened. Canada and Europe, OTOH, are generally more concerned with not offending people (not so much a concern stateside), so you have a more serious problem on your hands.

    Sam,

    Congrats! I hope this victory sticks.

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  11. Howie
    January 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

    which reminds me…whatever became of Karim? Is he forgotten?

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  12. meesh
    January 1, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Excellent news Sam.

    Does this mean less worry for your personal safety?

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  13. anonymous
    January 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Meesh, SM is a member of the upper class elite so I wouldn’t worry about his personal safety…read the blogs about his folks and his granny’s funeral. He isn’t going anywhere. He will continue to drink, dance and be merry and blog in his spare time when he is bored.

    Wael Abbas, on the other hand, will be going 2 jail i think soon after the last video he uploaded on youtube with the alleged cop hitting the girl and forcing her 2 strip. Something tells me this guy isn’t a cop but whoever sent the video to Wael is setting him up 4 an impending arrest. First his youtube account got deleted and soon he will be accused of trying 2 discredit the Egyptian police and putting up fake videos.

    The monkey doesn’t have time to post stories about this. If you can understand arabic watch the video posted on Egyptian chronicles blog. This wael blogger is headed straight to jail like the journalists that were arrested for saying King Hosni was sick.

    Egypt is seriously fucked up these days! That video was just sick and stupid!

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  14. Valin
    January 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    You made my day with this!!!

    Reply

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