Blogs & Facebook in Egypt Seen as Dangerous
This after a group of people Egypt calls "Internet activists" used their '6 April Youth' Facebook group, to organise a group of about 30 young people who gathered on a beach in Alexandria for a peaceful protest. That's when the 16 were arrested. Public protests are illegal under the state of emergency in force in Egypt for 27 years.
"Amnesty International believes all 16 to be prisoners of conscience, detained for their participation in a peaceful protest. Bloggers continue to face threats and harassment for their work as rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly continue to be restricted in Egypt," it said.