Egypt satirist faces probe for insulting president

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Tiu wrote:

Somebody should point out to Mr Mursi that he has put himself in the public spot light, and if he want’s credibility he will accept such noises, and even personal insults, shouldn’t be investigated as some a “crime”. Even if he doesn’t like the comments.
Grow a spine, and stick to running the country. Otherwise Egypt risks falling under the wheels of another stupid, egotistical dictator… e.g. it will go backwards.

Jan 01, 2013 12:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1942.bill wrote:

Will the president face a probe for insulting the people of Egypt?

Jan 01, 2013 1:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

“The problem is now is we are likely to see an increase in this because criminal defamation is now embedded in the constitution.”

Surprise, surprise. This is how it always begins with Dictatorships.

The loss of a nation’s freedom always begins with small, incremental steps, so that people are not fully aware of what is happening.

Night never descends over a land all at once but by slow degrees, with the gradual setting of the Sun, so that the speed of the approaching darkness is hardly perceptible. So too, do a people who once believed they were free, one day wake up and discover they have been enveloped by their worst type of nightmare.

We have seen this all before, throughout history. There is no need to recite the worst example in the 20th Century where it began with burning books and in the end led to burning people.

The tragedy of Egypt is that whilst they brought this nightmare upon themselves, there was almost a 50 % minority who early on, clearly saw the handwriting on the wall.

It is difficult to say whether it is already too late for the Egyptian people to save themselves. They threw off one form of Dictatorship only to go from the frying pan into the fire of religious extremism.

Once a government attempts to control freedom of speech, in particular something so basic as the human need to vent frustration via the medium of humor, the rest is a slippery slope into hell.

What is next ? Perhaps banning certain types of music, which is already the case in Iran- which is Egypt’s model.

A darkness is gradually descending over the Land of the Pharaohs which will freeze any hope of human progress or economic viability.

The question is whether it is already too late for the Egyptian people to rise up while they still can and push back against the forces that will place them in the straight jacket of Middle Age thinking.

How the Egyptian people respond to this present situation will be a strong indication of what is to come. Their future is in their own hands. One can only hope that Egyptian people of good will, intelligence and common sense are able to deal effectively with this present challenge, the outcome of which, will decide the direction their nation is going.
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Jan 01, 2013 3:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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