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Egyptian blogger rearrested after release order

An Egyptian blogger held a month ago and issued with a release order this week has been rearrested, rights groups said on Saturday.

Media student Mohammed Refaat "is being held under the hateful emergency law," the Arabic Network for Human Rights and the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre said in a statement.

Refaat, who runs the blog "Matabbat" (Speedbumps), was first detained de·tain  
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.

2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement:
 on July 21 after police raided his home and confiscated con·fis·cate  
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.

2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.

 his computer, the groups said.

"He was accused of offending state institutions, destabilising public security and inciting demonstrations and strikes via the Internet," the groups said.

"State Security decided to release him on August 17... but an order to arrest him was issued under the state emergency law," they added.

On his website, Refaat describes himself as an "Egyptian Muslim who dreams of seeing my nation free, and I'm working on my dream through media."

Police have arrested several bloggers in recent months, in an indication of their growing political importance in Egypt.

Despite the Internet explosion The period of tremendous growth of the Internet in the latter half of the 1990s. In the 1994-1996 time frame, it changed from a scientific and governmental research network to a commercial and consumer marketplace. , the cyber realm remains largely the preserve of the young and educated in a country where 40 percent of the population of 80 million people cannot read.

With little access to live and independent Egyptian reporting, blogs and "real time" social networking sites A Web site that provides a virtual community for people interested in a particular subject or just to "hang out" together. Members create their own online "profile" with biographical data, pictures, likes, dislikes and any other information they choose to post.  such as Twitter A Web site and service that lets users send short text messages from their cellphones to a group of friends. Launched in 2006, Twitter ( was designed for people to broadcast their current activities and thoughts.  provide regular but unverified updates on events.

The state of emergency was imposed in 1981 after the assassination Assassination
See also Murder.


Fanatical Moslem sect that smoked hashish and murdered Crusaders (11th—12th centuries). [Islamic Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 52]


conspirator and assassin of Julius Caesar. [Br.
 by Islamists of president Anwar Sadat, and has been repeatedly renewed since then despite protests from rights groups and regime opponents.

It has been widely criticised for granting security forces sweeping powers of arrest and restricting non-government political activity.
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Date:Aug 23, 2008
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