Groups of people will be gathering in cities around the world today to protest the unjust imprisonment of Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer. In case you’re not familiar with his case, here’s a little background from the Free Kareem Coalition:
Kareem is a writer who always found the courage within him to keep speaking his mind freely in the name of not only freedom of speech, but the freedom to think in an otherwise sheltered society. Because of that, he has been sentenced to four years in prison.
The Free Kareem Coalition is an interfaith alliance of young bloggers and college students committed to the principles of freedom of thought and freedom of speech.
This campaign is our way of fighting to further the cause of brave people who continue to practice their right to freedom of expression even when such rights are not recognized. The creators and main supporters of the Free Kareem Coalition are Muslim, and we are doing this despite what Kareem said about our religion. Free speech doesn’t mean “speech that you approve of.” It includes criticism.
If you’re going to be in the Washington, D.C. area today, please join us in front of the Egyptian Embassy Cultural Office near Dupont Circle at 1303 New Hampshire Avenue NW.