#FreeMona Now!

UPDATE: Mona has been released. She’s in good health and says she was beaten and sexually harassed by Egyptian police.

Egyptian-American writer and activist Mona El Tahawy was arrested in Cairo last night.

Her last tweet reads:

“RT @monaeltahawy: Beaten arrested in interior ministry.”

Mona is contagiously passionate about the revolution in Egypt and democracy in the Arab world and she’s been doing a great job explaining the Arab awakening on major western media outlets.

Mona has of course her supporters and detractors. Her opinions do not always obtain unanimity. Mona leaves no one indifferent. One thing is for sure though: her passion for freedom and democracy in the Arab world are undeniable.

Therefore we should call for the immediate release of Mona El Tahawy. Use the hashtag #FreeMona on Twitter. Spread the picture above in your social networks.

Let us not forget also to actively call for the release of all political prisoners in Egypt, notably my friend and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah and many others who are behind bars, for nothing else but their opinions.


3 thoughts on “#FreeMona Now!

  1. On parle de viol sur RFI…

    Ne pas oublier le sort des journalistes femmes étrangères
    qui subissent le meme tarif de la part des policiers en civil
    comme Caroline Sinz , journaliste de FR3, agressée sexuellement
    aussi et dont le collègue masuclin caméraman a été tabassé.

  2. «On était dans les rues adjacentes de la place, à interviewer les gens. Des jeunes commençaient à se presser autour nous. Mon caméraman, qui parle arabe, m’a dit “Caro, ça commence à sentir mauvais, faut partir”. On n’a pas eu le temps», se souvient la journaliste. Séparée de son caméraman, elle a été «jetée» sur la place Tahrir, entourée d’abord de jeunes, puis d’hommes plus vieux. «Ils étaient une cinquantaine, ils ont déchiré mes vêtements, ont arraché mon jean, mes sous-vêtements. M’ont violée avec leurs doigts. Pendant 45 minutes. La foule applaudissait autour.»


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