Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Voice of Liberty Egypt Should Free a Blogger Who Worked for Reform

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Voice of Liberty Egypt Should Free a Blogger Who Worked for Reform

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Alaa Abd El Fattah is a protest leader and blogger in Egypt who has been jailed by three regimes for his calls for more democratic freedoms in his country. He recently ran afoul of Egypt's military government under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

On Monday Mr. Abd El Fattah, 33, was sentenced by a court in Cairo to five years in prison for participating in an unauthorized demonstration in November 2013. His supporters were aghast at the severity of the sentence, which was harsher than any he'd received before.

In 2006, Mr. Abd El Fattah, a left-leaning, non-Islamic protest leader, was jailed for 45 days by the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak for inciting demonstrations against Egypt's lack of judicial independence. He was in the thick of Egypt's iteration of the Arab Spring a few years ago, calling for political and democratic reform.

The military council that helped overthrow Mr. Mubarak shared the dictator's antipathy for Mr. Abd El Fattah and jailed him in 2011. …

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