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Nude photo blogger is not a member of our group: April 6 Movement
April 6 Youth Movement denies that feminist blogger Alia El-Mahdy who posed naked in her blog last month is a member of the revolutionary group
Zeinab El-Gundy, Tuesday 15 Nov 2011
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Alia El Mahdy
Blogger Alia El-Mahdy (Photo: Internet)

The April 6 Youth Movement, a leading force behind the January 25 Revolution, has denied reports that a young Egyptian blogger who posted nude photographs of herself online is a member of the group.

The official statement comes after several days of debate in Egypt, particularly via social media forums such as Twitter, about Alia El-Mahdy’s decision to post a full nude picture of herself on her online blog.

El-Mahdy, a 20-year-old student of mass communication, came to public attention this week when photos that she had posted last month were mentioned by a user of Twitter, Ahmed Awadalla.

Awadalla, a human rights activist, tweeted: “A feminist #Jan25 revolutionary posted her nude photo on the internet to express her freedom. I'm totally taken back by her bravery!!”

Following Awadalla’s tweet, other Twitter users weighed in, using the hastag #NudePhotoRevolutionary to discuss the matter, with some supporting the blogger’s actions and some condemning her.

El-Mahdy then revealed her identity via Twitter (@aliaaelmahdy).

El-Mahdy, who describes herself as a liberal atheist feminist, posted the photo, along with others including a picture of a nude man holding a guitar, in a post on her blog “A Rebel’s Diary.”

She defended the move on Twitter as an act of freedom of expression.

Some Twitter users criticised the move as being against tradition and religion. Activist Reem Awad described it as, “a lack of modesty and not a sign of bravery.”

Some were concerned about the association of the revolution with the act of displaying nude photos, fearing a backlash from conservative Egyptian society. The connection with the April 6 Youth Movement comes at a time when the Movement is facing increasing criticism from many quarters.

The April 6 Youth Movement’s official statement on Tuesday followed reports by Al-Arabiya news that alleged El-Mahdy was a member of the movement.

“Alia El-Mahdy has never been a member in the April 6 Youth Movement. Shame on Al-Arabiya for this terrible professional mistake," said the Movement in its official statement. "Not every political activist - whether famous, renowned, unknown or whoever - is a member of the movement, as it has a specific system for registration.”

The Movement demanded both an apology from Al-Arabiya news network, and that all Egyptian media outlets provide a clarification on the matter.

Alia El-Mahdy is the girlfriend of Karim Amer, the blogger who was arrested and imprisoned in 2007 after being accused of insulting Islam and former president Mubarak on his blog. Amer became the first Egyptian blogger to face a sentence in this kind of controversial case. 

Amer revealed on his Twitter account that he did not interfere in El-Mahdy’s decisions and that the photo was taken before they had met.





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jun
22-11-2011 12:26pm
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naked woman bloggr
Alia, the teenage girl published her naked pic in a blog, everybody seen that and made diffrent comments,I think this is not much important, she is done spmething not to do,now it is happend, so we forgive her and advise her not to do any more and lead a family life. if anybody attack her, is doing crime than what she done. so pzycologicaly see the matter and gorgive her and advise and love her as our family memeber. jun
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McShannon
19-11-2011 05:15pm
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Alia
This expression is about free expression of ideas. Free expression no matter how radical, outrageous and offending is not a lie hidden beneath a façade. I think what she has done is to expose what the effects of repression have done to the Egyptian people. If not her, who then will be brave enough to say I am woman see me, listen to what I have to say?
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arsal
19-11-2011 03:34pm
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mentally ill
alia is bad girl i think she is a mental disorder
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A woman
19-11-2011 02:26pm
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What is the real shame?
To all those who say it is a shame and very bad what this woman did: How we are all created by God? Naked! How we are all born? Naked! So what is that wrong or bad in naked skin or naked body or a photo of a naked body? Wrong or bad is just one thing: That all those people saying it is bad obviously just think about sex or sexual temptation if they see a naked piece of skin or a naked body. That's the real shame! But it is very enlightening that specially this article got that much comments. Are there no other much more important topics to be discussed right now?
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ramuncho
19-11-2011 11:34am
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ALIAA
Il lui a fallu du courage pour poser ainsi en symbole a la liberté. Cela va sans doute choquer les barbus mais elle a voulu montrer que la femme est libre,que ce soit en orient ou en occident.
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negma
18-11-2011 06:52pm
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Looking beyond the boobies?
If you're focusing on the nudity in this picture, you have totally gotten the message wrongly. The picture is not about the nudity, but about her freedom to express herself as she wants to. Nude art has been around for several hundreds of years, and it has not been necessarily about sex?! Nudity equals sex alatool? I don't think so. Her blog is rated R, and if you don't wanna look, well then don't look!
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Woman
18-11-2011 10:10am
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??????
It is a shame a person like Alia named her self as an activist, she brings shame and disgrace to all women kind. I think she needs to study the meaning of freedom, democracy before rebelling. Alia needs to know there is a place for her if she wants to pause as nude she can get paid well for it too. Disgraceful action like that puts a big question mark on all the good people who rebelled against tyrants seeking a better life. Who does she work for I would like to know?
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Hadi
18-11-2011 07:33am
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ALIAA
Aliaa Almahdy U R great ,Don't worry do what u like
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Amira
18-11-2011 07:04am
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NOT an activist!!!!!
Posing naked is not a statement - it's a cheap shot at sensationalism. You are a disgrace to your family and your country. Your future prospects have been seriously harmed by this action - even in the USA, Facebook postings are grounds for action. A shame that someone so stupid is now the talking point of Egypt in the world. What's the next step - porn? That would also be a statement..... Don't ever call yourself an activist, though - that is reserved for the real figures of this revolution, not some cheap floozy.
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ramzi
18-11-2011 06:22am
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courage
so proud of that girl and her expressionism. we need more courageous people llike her to stand to the hypocricy of politicized religion
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