Rights group urged Egypt to drop charges against blogger

On August 15, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) called upon Egyptian authorities to drop charges against Asmaa Mahfouz, a blogger accused of inciting violence and criticizing Egyptian armed forces on Twitter. AI has also reported that social media has created unique opportunities for human rights activists in the Middle East and North Africa. An Egyptian military court convicted another blogger of similar crimes and sentenced that individual to three years in prison in April 2011. Social media sites have thrived in the area due to their availability without proxy servers.

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