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    Egypt: Egyptian Bloggers Plan Festival of Torture Videos International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House (Toronto) 27 November 2007 Egyptian
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      Egypt: Egyptian Bloggers Plan Festival of Torture Videos
      International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House (Toronto)
      27 November 2007


      Egyptian bloggers, often at the forefront of exposing human rights
      abuses, are planning an online festival of torture videos to run
      alongside the 31st Cairo Film Festival, from 27 November to 7 December.

      According to the "Middle East Times", the parallel festival is the
      invention of a blogger named Walid, and will feature "controversial
      acts of torture allegedly committed by the security authorities."
      Prizes, including a "Golden Whip", will be awarded to the best entrants.

      Egypt's bloggers have exposed many incidents of police torture. In a
      rare case of security forces being sentenced for abusing detainees,
      two policemen got three years in jail for torturing a man in their
      custody earlier this month. Footage of the abuse filmed with a mobile
      phone was widely distributed on YouTube and sparked nationwide and
      international outrage.

      But bloggers who are critical of the government can also find
      themselves as victims. Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer, who is serving a
      four-year jail term for insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak,
      has recently been tortured while in custody, reports the Arabic
      Network for Human Rights Information (HRInfo). Amer, the first blogger
      to stand trial in Egypt for his Internet postings, has three more
      years left in his sentence.

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