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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Take A Pen For Freedom and Free Speech


I don't know Mohammed Radwan. I DO know Mohamed, The Traveler Within, and read him regularly.

I also know that whatever fears Israelis harbor over the unrest amongst our neighbors, a free press is vital to strengthening democratic institutions and watch-dogging any government.

So, my only hesitation in spreading the word of Mohammed Radwan's incarceration by the the Chinless One's despotic thugs is fear that a plug for his freedom by an Israeli blogger may be counter-productive.

Mr. Radwan, who traveled to Syria to cover the uprisings against that tyranny, was arrested for being an Israeli spy.

If it weren't so serious, I'd laugh. I doubt he speaks a word of Hebrew. He's an Egyptian, ferhevvinsake, a people who range from coolly hostile to Israel to downright warmongering, depending on where they sit on the political spectrum.

Of course, the Syrian regime has castigated its own citizens and social networkers for all being Israeli spies, and claims that all the tweets favoring the downfall of this benighted dictatorship originated in Israel.

I doubt any Israeli objection made to Syria would even be heard -- but on the other hand, we are in a unique position to protest his incarceration to the United States Congress and the British Parliament.

So--start your engines, Google your representatives, and WRITE!!!

This will lead you to your representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml, as will this: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/.

Register your anger at the baseless incarceration of a journalist who was in Syria to cover the news. Do it quickly--as Mohamed pointed out, he is probably being tortured in the course of his questioning, so please raise some Hell on behalf of a man whose life is a testament to freedom of expression.

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