HRW: Egypt army sets new limits on free speech

By REUTERS
April 12, 2011 11:07

 
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CAIRO - A three-year prison sentence handed to a blogger who criticised Egypt's army suggests the country's military rulers are drawing red lines around permissible speech, Human Rights Watch said.

The military council ruling Egypt said 25-year-old activist Maikel Nabil had used "inappropriate language" and defamed the military, and that his call that military conscription be scrapped would have a negative effect on young Egyptians.

Army officers arrested Nabil on March 28 at his home in Cairo and the military prosecutor charged him with insulting the military establishment and "spreading false information", said New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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