- June 11, 2007
Monem: No To Jailing Algerian Blogger Abd El Salam Baroudy
I have followed up with deep concern the news of referring Algerian blogger Abd el Salam Baroudy, administrator of Bilad Telmesan weblog, http://bilad-13.maktoobblog.com, to justice on charges of defaming and criticizing an Algerian Endowment Ministry official in an article published in February 2007. My concern stems from the fact that there is an increasing inclination among Arab regimes towards jailing and repressing free voices of people who truly love their countries and use the Internet to express their love to their homelands and show their rejection to tyranny. My concerns increased when I saw the same malicious charges, defamation and insult, which are used to fight intellectuals and writers. There is a big difference between freedom of expression and constructive criticism which I have clearly observed in Baroudi’s blogs, and accusing him of insulting and defaming. I noticed that he was stressing on denying that Islamic clerics are infallible, a truly Islamic tenet. This is because our true religion does not have infallible theocrats. Our religion has preachers and scholars whom we can criticize because they are humans who may err.
Therefore I hope that Arab governments stop referring intellectuals, bloggers and writers to justice because ideas and thoughts aren’t discussed behind bars.
I urge all fellow bloggers and human rights organizations that showed solidarity with me to support Baroudy so as to deter these authoritarian regimes.
I declare my full solidarity with fellow blogger Abdul Salam Baroudi and I hope that the case gets overturned in this session.
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