Egyptian Military Court Sentences Facebook User To Three Years For Joke Image in Unhappiest Place On Earth

CRCgw43WwAAj_xb-600x600Our close ally, Egypt, continues to lay waste to free speech this month with the absurd sentencing of a Facebook user to three years in jail for simply putting Mickey Mouse ears on a picture of president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Amr Nohan was charged with an “attempt to overthrow the regime” for the comical Facebook posting and tried in a military court.

Everyone has a obligation to post this picture as widely as possible in response to the latest attack on free speech. If Sisi was not a bad joke before the sentencing, he is now.

Egypt has long fought to curtail free speech not only inside the country but internationally. For many years, I have been writing about the threat of an international blasphemy standard and the continuing rollback on free speech in the West. For recent columns, click here and here and here.

Much of this writing has focused on the effort of the Obama Administration to reach an accommodation with allies like Egypt to develop a standard for criminalizing anti-religious speech.  We have been following the rise of anti-blasphemy laws around the world, including the increase in prosecutions in the West and the support of the Obama Administration for the prosecution of some anti-religious speech under the controversial Brandenburg standard.

The crackdowns in Saudi Arabia and Egypt show again how unwise this effort by the Obama Administration was from the start. Indeed, Egypt appears particularly keen on prosecuting satirists and comedians as a threat to the nation. What is most telling is that such prosecution reflect not just an inherent insecurity but an inherent instability. If the government is threatened by a photoshopped image of Sisi with Micky Mouse ears, the government is truly standing on clay feet.

Besides, no one would confuse Sisi with Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse is actually tolerant and leads by example in the Happiness Place on Earth.


54 thoughts on “Egyptian Military Court Sentences Facebook User To Three Years For Joke Image in Unhappiest Place On Earth”

  1. Herr Schulte,

    Bill Clinton may have let Obama Bin Landen get away, but Clinton did not let Paula Jones, Jennifer Flowers,

    Monica Lewinski et al. slip through his hands.

    And just think, if Hills wins, Bill will be baaaaack.

  2. To say that Bush is responsible for what happened during his administration is like saying

    JFK was responsible for what happened during his administration.

    There are actors and there are directors.

    There are puppets and there are puppet masters.

  3. I’d like to hear David tell us why he thinks Bush was competent, besides “He kept us safe”. Can he refute any of the items listed in the article from Ellen @10:03 AM? I’d love to hear him try.

    1. T. Hall – I could have sworn it was Clinton who let bin Laden slip the noose first. And then he kicked the can down the road until Bush got it in his lap.

  4. Add to Bush’s list of incompetence: the way he took us into Iraq; ignoring the advice of his generals, he sent us in with reduced troop levels, without body armor, without armored vehicles, failed to secure the country once we moved in, and underfunded the VA

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