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Judge Abdel Fattah Murad
More fabricated cases, appeals to block more websites

Cairo, 10 May 2007

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRinfo) stated that the judge Abdel Fatah Murad added - in addition to the 21 websites he demanded blocking and appealed before the Administrative Judiciary Court - 29 more websites, in which the total became 50 websites.

Moreover, the judge brings a new suit against Gamal Eid HRinfo's Executive Director, Ahmed Seif El Islam Executive Director of Hisham Mubarak law Center and Amr Gharbia administrator of the celebrate blog "Holiat Saheb Al-Ashgar". The Public Prosecution undertakes the investigation and the judge accused the three of blackmailing him and demanding 50 thousands pounds.

On Saturday 5 May 2007, the Administrative Judiciary Court has continued investigating in the suit of blocking 21 blogs and human rights and news websites on the internet. Now the judge who sued amended his demands by adding 29 websites to the previous list though the total now is 50 websites (the complete list of websites attached).

HRinfo surprisingly find out that its Executive Director Gamal Eid, Executive Director of Hisham Mubarak Law Center Ahmed Seif El Islam and the celebrate blogger Amr Gharbia summoned for investigation in a new fabricated case sued by the judge Abdel Fatah Murad. He said that the three blackmailed him and forced him to publish information defaming Egypt's reputation.

The following are the three cases are the total number of cases sued by the judge against HRinfo and its supporters:
  • Defamation against "Gamal Eid, Alaa Seif and Manal Bahey El Dein Hassan"
  • Blocking 50 websites (human rights - news - blogs)
  • Blackmailing against "Gamal Eid, Ahmed Seif and Amr Gharbia"
The sued cases carry out contradictions and accusations such as:
  • Hrinfo defends the blogger Karim Amer and Al-Jazeera reporter Howaida Taha
  • Claims that the blackmailing campaign against the judge due to bill he presented to limit the blogs' activities on the internet
  • States that the websites are terrorist and blaspheme Egypt and Arab leaders' reputation and brings offense to the president of the republic
  • Al-Ghad Party website owned by Ayman Nour belongs and funded by HRinfo
  • The judge claims his cooperation with organizations such as Reporters Without Boarders, Human Rights Watch, International Freedom of Expression Exchange and Amnesty International, and then he starts accusing them
HRinfo considers the continuity of the campaign launched by the judge against it and on freedom of expression is an attempt to turn the eyes from his illegal transferring to HRinfo's report on the internet and misstating it. Moreover, HRinfo has started the procedures of removing the judge's immunity to prosecute him for this transplant. It is quite clear the judge's close cooperation and the joined interest between the security apparatus, which provide him information, help him to attack bloggers and human rights organizations defending freedom of expression and opinion. The case seems to be a conflict between the judge in one section and HRinfo, Hisham Mubarak Law Center and bloggers in another section.

More information about the case found in the link page:
http://www.hrinfo.net/en/campaigns/2007/pr0426-2.shtml

List of websites the judge wants to block:

1- The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information:
http://www.hrinfo.net/

2- The Initiative for an Open Arab Internet:
http://www.openarab.net/

3- Sebona:
http://www.sebona.net/

4- Hisham Mubarak Law Center:
http://www.hrinfo.net/egypt/hmcl

5- Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression:
http://www.afteegypt.org/

6- The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights:
http://www.eipr.org

7- The Egyptian Observatory for Human Rights:
http://www.hrinfo.net/egypt/elmarsd

8- The Egyptian Observatory for Justice and Law:
http://www.hrinfo.net/egypt/eojl

9- Al-Nadeem Center for Physical Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture:
http://www.hrinfo.net/egypt/nadeem

10- The Egyptian Association for Combating Torture:
http://www.hrinfo.net/egypt/eaat

11- Civic Aid:
http://www.hrinfo.net/egypt/aid

12- Center for Trade Union and Workers' Services:
http://www.hrinfo.net/egypt/swsh

13- The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (Mada):
http://www.hrinfo.net/palestine/makal

14- Bahrain Youth Organization for Human Rights:
http://www.hrinfo.net/bahrain/byshr

15- Youth Complementary Arabic Network:
http://www.hrinfo.net/bahrain/byshr/2006/pr0214.shtml

16- Katib:
http://www.katib.org

17- Kifaya (Haraka Masria):
http://harakamasria.org/node/9062#comment-7416

18- El -Ghad Newspaper:
http://www.elghad.org/

19- Nahdat Misr Newspaper:
http://www.gn4me.com/nahda/index.jsp

20- Good News for me Company owner of Nahdat Misr Newspaper:
http://www.gn4me.com/

21- Opinion Activists:
http://opl-now.org/?p=400

22- Egypt's Wealth:
http://tharwacommunity.typepad.com/tharwa_egypt/2007/01/post_2.html

23- The Arboreal Annals blog:
http://gharbeia.net/ar/JudgeBookReviw

24- Manal and Alaa blogs Group:
http://www.manalaa.net

25- Dalia Ziada blogs:
http://daliaziada.blogspot.com/2006/11/blog-post_08.html

26- Bent Masrya (Egyptian Girl) blog:
http://bentmasreya.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post_14.html

27- Wahed min El-Bashar (One of the people) blog:
http://mohamed.katib.org/node/34

28- Allah El-Watan Fatma (God-Homeland-Fatma) blog:
http://taranim.wordpress.com

29- Salamander blog:
http://sally.katib.org/taxonomy/term/219

30- Kefaya 7aram:
http://kefaya7aram.blogspot.com

31- Al-Fagr El Gedid:
http://new-fajer.maktoobblog.com/?post=239900

32- Allah El Watan Om El Kholul:
http://anaga3an.blogspot.com

33- Arabawy:
http://arabist.net/arabawy/2007/03/11/hr-info-statement-on-alexandrian-judges-attack-against-blogs

34- Lawyer:
http://lawyer.katib.org/

35 - On the Margin blog:
http://abdo.katib.org/

36- Abdel Karim Amer blog:
http://karam903.blogspot.com/

37- Nora Younis blog:
http://norayounis.com

38- Gamal Eid blog:
http://gamal.katib.org/

39- Malek Mostafa:
http://malek-x.net

40- Wana Iraqi National News Agency:
http://www.wana-news.com/inanews/news.php?item.3699.6

41- Iraqi Association for Supporting Journalists' Rights:
http://www.ijrda.com/press/index.php

42- Orok Media Iraqi Independent Organization:
http://www.urukmedia.com

43- Bahrain Forums:
http://www.bahrainforums.com/showthread.php?p=2057246

44- Shamsan News:
http://www.shamsannews.net/newsdetails.asp?id=402

45- International Freedom of Expression Exchange:
http://www.ifex.org

46- Open Net Initiative:
http://www.opennetinitiative.net/index.php

47- Al-Noor Center:
http://www.alnoor.se/othernews.asp?year=2007

48- Modern Dialogue:
http://www.rezgar.com/

49- Index Organization:
http://www.indexonline.org/

50- Maza Ba3d Ya Watany:
http://elsaeedi.katib.org

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