Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Egypt arrests prominent activist blogger

Egypt arrests prominent activist blogger

Internationally renowned Journalist, activist and blogger Wael Abbas was allegedly taken from his home on Wednesday morning by Egyptian police, with none of his family or friends aware of his whereabouts.

Egyptian security officials have confirmed his arrest, adding that Abbas was detained on accusations of disseminating false news and joining an outlawed group.

Abbas replied on Facebook: "The biggest official newspaper in Egypt is happy my Twitter is suspended".

Since 2013, worldwide human rights groups have criticized President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's government for cracking down on secular and left-wing activists, as well as Islamists close to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said that armed police raided Abbas's home at dawn, without presenting an arrest warrant, blind-folded him and took him in his pyjamas to an unknown location.

Abbas posted a short message on his personal Facebook account at 4am saying that he was being arrested.

Alexandrani, who was arrested in November 2015, was accused of publishing military secrets and belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyer Tarek Abdel Aal told AFP Tuesday.

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"Egyptian authorities continue their security campaign to silence all critical voices and fabricate cases against them in order to avenge and to silence them", the ANHRI statement said. He has previously received awards for his work from Human Rights Watch and CNN.

An ongoing wave of enforced disappearances has been reported in Egypt for several years.

"He doesn't budge and has been doing what many of us can no longer do". His Twitter account is still suspended although the reason is unclear.

Abbas has always been vocal about the political situation in Egypt both before and after the uprising of 2011, regularly campaigning against torture and publishing graphic videos showing torture and police abuse on his blog, misrdigital.com.

The latest arrests come amid a wider crackdown on dissent in which thousands of people have been jailed, unauthorized protests have been banned and hundreds of websites have been blocked.

An expert on jihadist movements in North Sinai, where security forces are fighting an insurgency led by the Islamic State group, Alexandrani had been to Germany to deliver lectures on the political situation in Egypt, his wife Khadija Gaafar had said at the time.

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