Egyptian Activist Convicted Of Insulting President Mohammed Morsi

220px-MohamedMorsiPThe crackdown on free speech continued this week under President Mohammed Morsi (left) with a conviction of Ahmed Douma for insulting the leader. It is only one of a variety of cases against Egyptian journalists, bloggers, and others charged criminally for their criticism of Morsi and the imposition of authoritarian measures and Islamic laws in the country.

Douma’s writings would be viewed as tame by Western standards in the exercise of free speech. He criticized the security measures imposed by the government and Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group for being behind a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters outside Morsi’s office last year. In the key interview cited by prosecutors, Douma said, “I don’t see a president ruling Egypt. I see someone called Mohammed Morsi, a criminal evading justice, who is hiding in the presidential palace.”

Some 2300 people are charged for their involvement in anti-government protests.

The crackdown on free speech is being indirectly supported by over a billion dollars in U.S. aid to the government.

Source: Washington Post

18 thoughts on “Egyptian Activist Convicted Of Insulting President Mohammed Morsi

  1. And… Under the current right…..or is that reicht….. How are we much different…. Prosecuting whistleblowers…..

  2. What happened to the “glorious Arab Spring”?

    Who was naive enough to think this isn’t what would happen? Did some people really think liberalism would blossom?

  3. Springtime for Hitler in Germany! Autumn for Poland and France. Civilized nations and people need to stop thinking of these muslim pirate territories as anything but hellholes. East of Corfu the Ten Commandments do not apply. Western media needs to learn how to spell Morsi’s last name. Is it Mursi or Morsi? Is it Mursi when he has his tenthead on?

  4. While the idea of revolting against tyranny is very attractive, almost all revolutions suffer the fate of putting into power people who are equally as bad as those replaced. Abdul Nasser was an army colonel who replaced a an absolute monarch (King Farouk I) and became one himself. While Anwar Sadat, a Nasser crony succeeded peacefully and actually improved Egyptians lives, he was murdered because of his moderate policies. Hosni Mubarrak took over an gradually assumed more absolute/oppressive control.
    Hosni went and the Muslim Brotherhood who were the most organized faction in the revolution (that was aided by us) took power and Morsi is following in the grand Egyptian tradition of autocratic oligarchy, with unfortunately fundamentalist religious overtones.

    Assad in Syria is a pig, but beware of his replacements. The lesson for the U.S. is to stay out of other country’s business because of the law of unintended consequences.

  5. Turkey is having the same phenomenon … but it started by a protest by people protecting trees.

    The gummit came down like Homeland Security on Occupy so the protests grew and morphed into a protest against a**holes (Occupy Turnkey).

    Like AY alluded to, it is so Homeland.

  6. The aftermath of a revolution is rarely tidy or pleasant (anyone recall the Alien and Sedition Act?) and two years on is too early to call the endeavor a failure. The fact that there continue to be activists willing to stand up to the new government shows that the situation is not yet lost.

    Also, just to show solidarity with Douma for insulting the president, I’d like to add that Mohammed Mursi is a stupid and ugly.

  7. The law of unintended consequences pertains to virtually every regulation imposed on people by politicians and military.

  8. Which devil do we want to back?
    I have a novel idea. No foreign aid to any country that does not actively promote civil liberties. Of course, we may not be able to pay ourselves!

  9. John:

    “Also, just to show solidarity with Douma for insulting the president, I’d like to add that Mohammed Mursi is a stupid and ugly.”

    Looks fat, too.

    But my daughter likes him, ’cause he’s a fellow USC Trojan. That may or may not impress anyone else.

  10. Darren Smith of Washington State declares from his heart .

    “I don’t see a president ruling Egypt. I see someone called Mohammed Morsi, a criminal evading justice, who is hiding in the presidential palace.”

  11. Will some Congressman or woman get the balls to file a Bill in Congress to cut off all aid to Egypt? Write your Congressman. We are supporting Adolph Hitler’s son in law.

  12. I agree with John. Far too early.

    I will also add that this is the future of America at its present course.

    “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    George Orwell

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