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Mary Joyce, Her Latest: Free Monem Campaign
Mary Joyce, Her Latest: Free Monem Campaign
Mary Joyce in front of her campaign posts during a recent trip to Lagos to set up computer equipment for the OpenNet Initiative in April, 2007  (Photo from her Flickr stre
Monday, May 7,2007 00:00
by Beth Kanter, Beth’s Blog
Mary Joyce in front of her campaign posts during a recent trip to Lagos to set up computer equipment for the OpenNet Initiative in April, 2007  (Photo from her Flickr stream)

My colleague Mary Joyce who writes a blog called "ZapBoom: The Sound That Change Makes" that focuses on the question, "Under what conditions does citizen activism occur and how can it be supported and encouraged?" 

She has is supporting a campaign to Free Monem, a blogger arrested by Egyptians security forces on April 15th.  He was charged with several crimes, including "belonging to an illegal organization" and "organizing secret meetings with the aim of disturbing public order."    According to Mary, his real crime was challenging the dictatorial regime of Hosni Mubarak by telling the truth about the torture he underwent and condemning the country’s unjust military tribunals.

In an email, Mary suggests taking these actions:

As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day an Egyptian blogger,  Abdel Monem  Mahmoud, sits in jail, his only crime his desire for a more open Egyptian  society.  We cannot let the regime succeed in silencing him.  We have to show  the Egyptian regime that when you imprison a blogger, you don’t silence his  voice, you AMPLIFY it!  How?  By taking action!  Here’s what you can do: 

1.  Watch the protest video.  Share it with your friends.

Global Voices Advocacy  Director Sami Ben Gharbia has created a video which powerfully explains the  reasons for the detention of Monem and demands his freedom.  View it. Share it.  Post it on your blog: http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v  =-017xCZEXFU&eurl=

2. Add the Free Monem quote randomizer badge to your  blog’s sidebar.

Yeah, we think it’s  pretty cool.  Activist tech guru Astrubal has created a sidebar badge which  cycles through a stream of Monem’s blog quotes (à la Amnesty’s Irrepressible campaign).   Fortunately for us, Monem is an eloquent writer.  Here’s a taste: 

"We [Egyptians] claimed freedom for others and forget our own  freedom"

"If I taught a woman to wear a veil, I should teach her to claim  her right to enter the university wearing the veil."

"Freedom is now an  obligation and should be implemented before Sharia’a"


Yeah, we think he’s pretty inspiring too.  The symbol of a brighter future  for the Middle East, in fact.  So let’s make sure he  gets his freedom, not just by posting his words on World Press Freedom Day, but  by broadcasting his words every day.  You can get the badge here on our  "banner and badges" page or you can just insert the following embed code into  your blog:

Eventually, quotes from other imprisoned bloggers will  also be added to the quote feed.  Just sit back and let the free speech  flow. 

3.  Re-publish Monem’s posts on your own blog. 

For the last few days a crack team of volunteers  from around the world has been translating Monem’s posts so millions of new  readers can read his censored speech.  Let’s show Mubarak that his attempt to  silence this blogger has been completely counterproductive.  Instead of reducing  the number of people who read Monem’s words, let’s make sure that the number of  readers increases... exponentially!

It’s easy to take part!  Just pick a post by Monem from the list below and copy and paste the whole thing  (or an excerpt) into your own blog.  It would also be great if you could tag  your post (using Technorati or deli.cio.us) with the words  "FreeMonem" to help us keep track of how many people take part in this action.   

----MONEM’S POSTS... for you to republish on your  blog----

Free the Brothers...Free Abdel Kareem... Free Egypt 3/7/07  (one of our favorites - Monem calls for jailed blogger Kareem’s release and  points out how secularists and Islamists face the same oppression by the  Mubarak’s regime)

The Fourth Anniversary of the Torture of Detainee #25 4/14/07  (essential reading - moving account of torture by Egyptian security forces  during his imprisonment in 2003 )

Alexandria University Detour 11/1/06 (frustration with the  Muslim Brotherhood at his university and a call for Egyptians to demand their  freedom... excerpt)

Birds’ Voices 2/12/07 (how blogging is changing the Muslim  Brotherhood... excerpt)

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A Bloggers Way to Online Democracy

tags: Abdel Monem Mahmoud / Political prisoners / Human Rights Watch / Muslim Brotherhood blogger / Flickr
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