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Egyptian court orders detention of student on 'insulting religion' charges
Suez university files a report against student for forming an 'atheist' Facebook group
Ahram Online, Wednesday 30 Oct 2013
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An Ismailiya misdemeanour court has ordered the detention of a Suez Canal University student for 15 days, pending investigations on accusations that he insulted religion, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) said.

Sherif Gaber was arrested on Sunday after his university administration filed a report against him saying he formed a Facebook group for atheists. 

Gaber's arrest sparked attention on social media websites. Activists created a Facebook page titled "Freedom for Sherif Gaber." A hash-tag with the same name is also active on Twitter. 

Charges of insulting religion were used to target political activists during ousted president Hosni Mubarak's era.

In December 2012, under former president Mohamed Morsi's rule, an Egyptian court sentenced activist Alber Saber to three years in jail for posting the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims on his Facebook page. He was released later after paying bail.

Article 98 of Egypt's penal code says anyone convicted of offending religion in any form can face up to six years in prison. 





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zakki
31-10-2013 09:27am
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law?stupididy..
again: Everybody in a modern democratic state, what will Egypt be, must have religion freedom, even freedom of have no religion and dont believe in God at all. It s privat opinion of each citizen and State can not push People to believe or not believe in God...
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michael
31-10-2013 08:18am
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Holding back an ocean
The is no method available that will hold back the need for honest inquiry and the developement of opposing views. Egypt may not be ready for the acceptance of this truth. But, as you are freed from the restricting controls and laws that authorities have used to keep you mentally walled up, diversity of opinion will flourish. Many thinkers and independent minds will be silenced, but others will arise. As long as there is an internet, independent thought will survive. We are witnessing the last gasp of the ignorant monster. No, ignorance will not die quietly. Yes there will be violence and suffering, but already, the outcome of the struggle is obvious. Your mind and thoughts, which are your own, will always be free. Soon you will be able to express your thoughts without fearing the reaction of authority. Freedom of expression is just around the corner.
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