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February 3, 2011

Re: Free Sandmonkey (Updated)

Topics: Egypt, Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

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Update: We've received an email from Sandmonkey saying that he was arrested and beaten up today by the government (he's apparently now out of jail) ... and asking about his blog. We've notified him that we're working on it now. Again, the site is down solely because of technical reasons and is no indication whatsoever of the Mubarak government being successful in its attempt to repress or curb the
Egyptian people's freedom of speech.

Kevin D. Williamson writes over at The Corner that Egyptian Sandmonkey, one of Egypt's top bloggers and activists, has been thrown into Mubarak's gulag:

Those thrown into Mubarak's gulags lately apparently include the well-known Egyptian blogger who goes by the name "Sandmonkey." So says the Guardian. His blog also has been taken down. A rare liberty-minded voice in Egypt, he is the sort of person a decent regime would be listening to rather than shutting up.

Roger Simon had a short interview with him yesterday, which you can hear here. Sandmonkey asks:

"Does America stand for its ideals or does it stand for its interests?"

A bit of both, of course. But spare a thought today for a brave young writer. He's on our side -- are we on his?

While we can't add to the Guardian's report, we can offer an explanation to the matter of Sandmonkey's site - Rantings of a Sandmonkey, being down. As we explained earlier today in our post here, due to problems related to traffic and attacks (many from IPs in Saudi Arabia), the blog Rantings of a Sandmonkey (hosted on Freedom's Zone server ... an affiliate of Hyscience), has been temporarily suspended until the problems can be resolved (hopefully by this evening). Before Sandmonkey was suspended, his defiant last post, dated Thursday, 3 February 2011, was re-posted at Hyscience and Freedom's Zone. Follow Sandmonkey on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/Sandmonkey

Posted by Richard at February 3, 2011 11:30 AM



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