Three Months Later, Alaa Abd El Fattah Remains Imprisoned
Nearly three months since his arrest, the Egyptian blogger, software developer and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah remains imprisoned. Charged in December with organizing a demonstration to protest the failure of the draft constitution in legislating against military court martialing of civilians, Abd El Fattah is awaiting trial in prison.
In mid-January, a group of bloggers from across the Arab region came together in Amman for the fourth iteration of the Arabloggers conference, a community which Abd El Fattah had been a part of since its beginnings in 2008. It was at this gathering that we released a statement—along with more than 40 other organizations from around the world—calling for the release of Alaa Abd El Fattah and all those unjustly detained in Egypt.
It was also at this meeting that our friends at 7iber—a Jordanian media organization that also fights for digital rights—created the following video in solidarity with Alaa: