Imprisoned Egyptian blogger Maikal Saned is escalating his hunger-strike, he was imprisoned for three years at the end of March for "spreading false information" and behaviour "insulting the People’s Assembly, the Shura Council or any State Authority, or the Army or the Courts". Activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah - arrested on 30 October, for criticism of the army's conduct on the night of 9 October, when at least 27 people were killed during a Coptic Christian protest in Cairo and charged with "inciting violence against the army". It was announced today that he is being released . On a different kind of politics, I have not been able to find out the current status of a proposed case against Aliya Magda al-Mahdy and her boyfriend blogger Kareem Amer, accused of “violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam”. We recall also the release in the summer of Mohammed Adel, previously mentioned on this blog.
Vignette: In this undated file photo, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, left and his wife Manal Hassan are seen in Cairo, Egypt. (AP /Nasser Nasser )