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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. = illuminati

Illuminati or religion? Does it make a difference? Each demonize the other and each wants to control man for their own interests (which are not always in the best interests of man). If the illuminati encourage education and understanding and intellectual growth then maybe they’re the good guys. Religions tell you the way it is and you dare not dispute the message or break the faith or you’re out.

I prefer reason and logic as opposed to faith. I know exactly who I am, where I came from, and what my purpose is in life and so do you if you think about it. I am a product of my parents, just as they are a product of theirs. If you go back a million generations (say, 20 million years) do you think we would look the same as we do today? I may not be able to say what we looked like then but I would bet hard cash we didn’t look like we do today. Believe it or not people, that is evolution and it is no mystery and it doesn’t need you to believe.

As to my purpose in life? There are about 7 billion people on this one planet. We are the one species that has come to dominate this precious biosphere. Our purpose is simple. Our planet has nurtured us to this point. It’s time to return the favor. Is it possible to take care of our family, community, country, world-planet all at the same time? Yes. We owe our lives to planet earth and now we have to show we are worthy of that.

All 7 billion of us, no matter our race, religion, creed, whether we know it or not, that is and must be our purpose. We owe that to earth. This should have nothing to do with politics or nationality or religious beliefs. We are all citizens of earth.

Do I believe there is a group of people around the world who wield enormous power and control a lion’s share of the wealth? Yes. Do I believe that there is evil in this world? Yes. But all this talk about symbolism, mind control, MX Ultra, gangs talking, solstice sacrifices, etc., is really up to your own opinion based on your personal beliefs.

All this talk about the Illuminati does nothing but divide us through fear and hatred. I feel it is best to live our lives and be the best possible people we can be, rather than waste our time arguing over things that might not be true and would not have any control over if they were true. We are only given so much time on this earth. Care for yourself and the ones you love, because no one else is going to do it for you.

Open your eyes. Stop watching TV and stop listening to the radio. The Illuminati wants to dominate the world. Rise up against the new world order and rebel against the Illuminati. Spread this message.

The Catholic Church has been responsible for more deaths than anyone throughout the centuries. They also make up their own rules as they go along. After the Roman Empire fell, they had to control the masses so they lied about Jesus, Mary and everything else so they could control the ignorant population. There is so much more to it, but I’m tired and don’t feel like typing.

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A photographer for Agence France-Presse is hit with a baton by a military police officer during a demonstration in Phnom Penh last month. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cambodia’s press freedom ranking has slipped one place to 144th out of 179 countries, according to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, released yesterday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.

While the Kingdom finished ahead of such ASEAN partners as the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, Benjamin Ismail, head of the Asia-Pacific desk at Reporters Without Borders, said the situation remained very worrying.

Not only has the government policy regarding press freedom, freedom of information and freedom of expression in general become stricter, but the government also shows complete disregard to the situation and security of journalists, he said.

Impunity on crimes against newsmakers and the absence of reaction from the authorities is one [of] the most worrying facts observed throughout the year.

The rankings methodology takes into account the number of journalists and netizens who were jailed, killed, arrested and attacked last year, along with issues such as self-censorship, government interference, transparency and media pluralism.

No journalists were killed in the Kingdom last year, but a number of incidents highlighted restrictions on the press.

Ahead of the July election, the Ministry of Information issued a ban on foreign Khmer-language radio broadcasts during the 31-day campaign period that was quickly rescinded following widespread condemnation, though a five-day ban remained in place.

In September, at least seven foreign and local journalists were attacked with slingshots, batons and electric cattle prods by masked men allegedly supervised by police while covering peaceful protests at Wat Phnom.

During opposition party protests at Freedom Park in December, a state TV cameraman was attacked by irate demonstrators who allegedly accused his network of being biased towards the ruling party. A recent report from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights also found that self-censorship was rife among journalists and bloggers due to fear of threats or legal action.

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Detained Australian journalist Peter Greste has released a letter vowing to fight for freedom of speech in Egypt after being jailed for reporting on unrest in the country.

The award-winning Al Jazeera reporter was arrested in Cairo on December 29 along with colleagues Mohamed Adel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

The trio had been reporting on the political turmoil in Egypt when they were accused of holding illegal meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

Egypt’s military-installed leaders declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation in December, and had previously accused Al Jazeera of pro-Brotherhood coverage.

The Al Jazeera network, however, has emphatically defended its staff’s actions, saying they were doing their job by reporting objectively.

Greste, who is being held in Cairo’s Tora prison, says Egyptian authorities are cracking down on anyone “who refuses to applaud the institution”.

Greste says he had originally planned to fight for his freedom “quietly”, in part not to risk the precious little recreational time he was given.

However, he now says acquiescence on his behalf would validate the Egyptian authorities’ “attack” on freedom of speech.

“I have sought, until now, to fight my imprisonment quietly from within, to make the authorities understand that this is all a terrible mistake – that I’ve been caught in the middle of a political struggle that is not my own,” Greste writes in the letter, which has been authenticated by his parents.

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Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago of 176 islands, was hit by Cyclone Ian Saturday, with winds up to 178 miles per hour. At least one person was killed, and authorities are still searching remote islands for more victims.

Authorities were searchingTonga’sremote islands for cyclone victims Sunday after a powerful storm cut a swath of destruction through this South Pacific archipelago, killing one person and destroying most of the homes in some areas.

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Relief efforts following Saturday’s cyclone were concentrating on the Ha’apai islands one ofTonga’sthree island groups between the main island of Tongatapu in the south and the Vava’u islands to the north,Tonga’sDirector of Emergencies Leveni Aho said.

Cyclone Ian hitTongawith gusts of up to 178 miles per hour. The storm was later downgraded from Category 5 the most destructive level to Category 4, with gusts of up to 155 mph. On Sunday, the cyclone was tracking southeast away fromTonga.

Two navy patrol boats carrying tarpaulins, tents and other emergency supplies left Tongatapu to bring help to victims who were cut off in the Ha’apai islands.

Authorities have been unable to make telephone contact with 23 islands, which account for most of the inhabited islands in the Ha’apai group, Aho said.

“The patrol boats are still out there, going from island to island to scout for information,” he said.

The Ha’apai islands are home to 8,000 people, most of whom live on the devastated islands of Lifuka, where the person died, and Foa.

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In Malaysia, although Islam is the federal religion, the government permits the practice of other religions.

This freedom to practise one’s religion and beliefs, especially in a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious country like Ma-laysia, has created a unique spiritual platform for people from all walks of life to live in a peaceful environment with mutual respect.

However, over the years, I have noticed that the freedom of religious practices in the country has somewhat been hijacked by individuals or cults with a different agenda.

Going by the number of media reports of scams and crimes committed by those who claim to be spiritual gurus or mediums is worrying and a cause for concern.

Many of the victims of these religious frauds and scams happen to be our women folk.

Molestation and rape committed by mediums are on the rise, too.

It is sad to note that many innocent people, including the educated, have been conned into parting their money by religious shenanigans camouflaging as spiritual gurus and mediums.

A recent exposure in Tamil press of a spiritual guru’s scams has created anxiety and anger in the Indian community.

The time has come for the authorities to consult religious bodies and non-governmental organisations to explore the idea of enacting a law to protect the public from the clutches of these shenanigans.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands Authorities say fuel tanks at a U.S. Virgin Islands gas station have exploded, resulting in a huge blast and fire but causing only two injuries.

Residential areas around the Gas Works station in the St. Thomas community of Bovoni were evacuated and traffic was diverted after the explosion on Saturday night.

Firefighters and other emergency personnel contained the blaze shortly before midnight, about three hours after the tanks ignited.

Government spokesman Jean Greaux said there was a flare-up early Sunday but it was quickly extinguished.

An all-clear has been issued, allowing residents to return home.

Authorities say a man who was at the gas station received burns to 18 percent of his body. A woman also received injuries.

Investigators were scouring rubble Sunday looking for the cause of the blast.

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May 29 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been branded “irresponsible” by a Conservative former police minister for blocking new powers for security services to monitor the emails and internet use of suspected terrorists.

Following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week, Home Secretary Theresa May is hoping to resurrect the Communications Data Bill, which Mr Clegg vetoed from inclusion in this month’s Queen’s Speech.

Critics have branded the Bill a “snooper’s charter” and argue it would act as a recruiting sergeant for terror groups. And The Independent quoted unnamed “senior security sources” as saying that MI5 does not believe the legislation would have helped prevent the soldier’s murder.

But Tory MP Nick Herbert, who served as police minister under Mrs May from 2010 to 2012, said opposition to the Bill was driven by “paranoid libertarianism” and accused its critics of “missing judgment”.

Writing in The Times, Mr Herbert said: “Nick Clegg is being irresponsible in preventing the Government from bringing the measure forward.”

He wrote: “To claim that letting the security agencies find out who terrorist suspects have been talking to is as evil as hacking down an unarmed soldier is a sign of missing judgment. The call, after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, to revive a Government Bill that would allow the authorities to monitor the online activity of possible terrorists has been met with a paranoid libertarianism that denies any sense of proportion.

And he added: “Using new technology to intercept terrorist plots doesn’t recruit terrorists. It jails them.”

Mrs May made clear at the weekend that she wants to revive the legislation, which would require internet companies to retain records of emails and social media messages for a year and allow police and security agencies to access the data, but not the content of messages. The Home Secretary told the BBC: “I’m clear, the law enforcement agencies, the intelligence agencies need access to communications data and that is essential to them doing their job.”

Her call was backed by Labour’s former home secretary Lord Reid and ex-security minister Lord West, as well as Lib Dem peer and former reviewer of anti-terror legislation Lord Carlile.

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was branded irresponsible by a Conservative former police minister today for blocking new powers for security services to monitor the emails and internet use of suspected terrorists.

Following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week, Home Secretary Theresa May is hoping to resurrect the Communications Data Bill, which Mr Clegg vetoed from inclusion in this month’s Queen’s Speech.

Critics have branded the bill a snooper’s charter and argue it would act as a recruiting sergeant for terror groups.

And The Independent quoted unnamed senior security sources today as saying that MI5 does not believe the legislation would have helped prevent the soldier’s murder.

But Tory MP Nick Herbert, who served as police minister under Mrs May from 2010 to 2012, said that opposition to the bill was driven by paranoid libertarianism and accused its critics of missing judgment.

Writing in The Times, Mr Herbert said: Nick Clegg is being irresponsible in preventing the Government from bringing the measure forward.

He added: To claim that letting the security agencies find out who terrorist suspects have been talking to is as evil as hacking down an unarmed soldier is a sign of missing judgment.

The call, after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, to revive a Government bill that would allow the authorities to monitor the online activity of possible terrorists has been met with a paranoid libertarianism that denies any sense of proportion…

Using new technology to intercept terrorist plots doesn’t recruit terrorists. It jails them.

Mrs May made clear at the weekend that she wants to revive the legislation, which would require internet companies to retain records of emails and social media messages for a year and allow police and security agencies to access the data, but not the content of messages.

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LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Beaches in Lahaina were closed as a precaution on Wednesday after a sewage pipe broke nearby, according to Maui County officials.

Authorities do not believed any sewage reached the ocean, buy all Lahaina beaches, from Mala Wharf to Canoe Beach, were closed as a result of the break.

The spill is believed to have happened when a contractor accidentally ruptured a 20-inch pipe. Crews have since made temporary repairs and contained the spill.

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Its an apt time to reflect on online freedom. On 3 May its World Media Freedom Day and South Africa, which has just passed a bill severely restricting what the press can report on, celebrates its freedom day this weekend.

Together with a dash of reflection and a dose of predictions by Googles Eric Schmidt, what can we learn about where we stand when it comes to liberty in todays digital world? In the US, support for the recently passed CISPA bill has lately increased, Googles been slapped on the wrist for capturing illegal Wi-Fi data in Germany following previous antitrust bashing by the EU and Iran is moving ever closer to making its own version of the internet.

The internet and innovations around it have created important opportunities enabling people to spread information and ideas. Through the evolution of this form of media and communication we are given the power to hold organizations and governments adequately accountable. Though revolutionary as this might be, governments have found ways to sometimes exploit these powerful tools in attempts to fight hate-speech or establish security for example.

As the pendulum swings, some of these attempts often cross the line where content is censored or peoples internet activity is being monitored. Here, freedom refers to the boundary that exists between public and private, the citizen and the authorities. By valuing privacy, you value your privacy to make decisions without any higher-up censoring or dictating.

Former Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt recently said that the internet brings freedom; freedom of speech, freedom of information and in some cases, as we have seen with the Arab Spring, revolution. In this article by the Wall Street Journal he warns us of the dark side that comes along with the internet.

Granted, hes speaking about the future, and half of Schmidts article does in fact sound like an extract out of Bradburys Fahrenheit 451. He suggests that the digital revolution, although suffering a few hiccups, will eventually overcome the future oppressors. He argues that autocratic regimes will start seeking tools to monitor citizens in an attempt to strengthen the force of digital police. These predictions though might not be as far-fetched as they seem.

Today Iran is probably the country using the worlds most sophisticated methods of censoring and controlling the internet. The country is planning on filling the used-to-be-YouTube gap with its own competitor namely Mehr. The Iranian minister has also announced the launch of an Islamic Google Earth. This came after fears were being raised labeling Googles satellite imagery and map service a spying tool of the West.

Despite Indias latest milestone in certifying the countrys first late night adult show, the worlds largest democracy has struggled to adapt to its overwhelmingly large populations online presence. Since the beginning of this month the Indian government and its agencies have started monitoring telecommunications and internet services, meaning that all modern forms of communication will be under the gaze of the authorities. The CMS or Centre Monitoring Services has set up a social media lab which monitors user activity on sites like Twitter and Facebook for example.

Google has just released its annual transparency report, with the internet giant reporting a total of 2 285 removal requests. Governments moving in this direction are discomforting yes, but they arent necessarily the ones we need to worry about the most.

Despite Schmidts freedom activist speeches, Google has been repeatedly fined by European data protection regulators. Earlier this week Google was fined over US$180 000 by German privacy regulators accusing the search giant of stealing WiFi data (again) using its Google Street View service.

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Police are warning people not to handle mysterious silver canisters containing a toxic gas that are washing up on beaches in central Queensland.

The silver canisters, which have been found on beaches since February last year, contain toxic aluminium phosphide which can be fatal if inhaled or ingested.

Aluminium phosphide is a colourless, flammable and toxic gas.

Mild exposure by inhalation can cause a ringing in the ears, fatigue, nausea and pressure in the chest.

Police have received reports of the containers being found between Lady Elliot Island and Mabuiag Island, with the most recent being discovered at Zilzie near Rockhampton.

Authorities don’t know where the canisters are coming from.

The canisters are 30cm high and 15cm in diameter. People who find them are urged not to handle them and immediately call Triple Zero.

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Fault under Higashidori Nuclear Plant inspected Fukushima update 12/13/12
Originally published on 13. dec. 2012 Experts fear more nuke reactors may be sited over active faults ajw.asahi.com THE ASAHI SHIMBUN More nuclear power plants could be found to be sited over active fault lines as the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) conducts safety reviews of facilities, experts say. A panel of specialists with the NRA concluded on Dec. 10 that a fault line extending from below the No. 2 reactor at the Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is active. The reactor is likely to be decommissioned, along with the nearby No. 1 reactor. The conclusion suggests, the experts say, that construction of some nuclear plants was approved despite insufficient data that electric companies provided or due to lax oversight of the authorities. The Tsuruga plant is one of six sites that were ordered in August by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the NRA predecessor, to have geological fault surveys conducted. The authorities said that the six plants should be re-examined for possible active seismic faults in and near the facilities, saying there was not enough data showing otherwise. The other five sites are: Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture; Hokuriku Electric Power Co.'s Shika plant in Ishikawa Prefecture; Kansai Electric's Mihama plant in Fukui Prefecture; Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Monju prototype fast breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture; and Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s Higashidori plant in Aomori …From:redbuttonstudioViews:1 1ratingsTime:06:52More inMusic

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Louie passes on his legendary style tips. Go to www.hastalaflipflops.com to find out more About Hasta La Flip Flops When young Londoner Louie O'Brien touched down in Mallorca in 1967 it was his first ever trip abroad. But, unlike most of the millions of teens tasting fun in the sun for the first time, Louie jacked in his window-cleaning round and stayed for the next 30 years. Louie started at the bottom, selling tickets for the wild all-day boat trips and beach parties on the beaches around Palma. By the mid-70s, he was MC and part owner of Alexandra's, the legendary club in Plaza Gomila, at that time the pumping heart of Palma's club scene and a magnet for tourists from the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and Spain. On any one night of those long ago magical summers, around 2000 party-hungry kids would pack into a square kilometre of clubs, bars and restaurants. And Louie the Lip was royalty. Everything seemed possible. For the first ten years, life in Mallorca for Louie was as sweet as it gets. He lived the dream. But, in 1978, Louie was kicked out of Mallorca — stitched up by rival club owners who allegedly duped the authorities into deporting him back to the UK. Louie was Alexandra's not so secret weapon and his partner, a fiery-tempered character named Curly, and His Nibs, Louie's Mallorquin boss, needed him back — badly. So they hatched up a scheme to marry Louie to a Spanish woman. At that time, any husband of a Spanish woman was legally obliged to support her, which …From:Hasta LaflipflopsViews:0 0ratingsTime:01:02More inPeople Blogs

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South Korea has seen a dramatic increase in the abuse of national security laws in a politically motivated attempt to silence debate, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

A new report shows a 95.6% increase over the past four years (2008 to 2011) in the number of people questioned on suspicion of violating the National Security Law [NSL].

Figures released by the National Prosecutors Office show the number of new cases under the NSL rose from 46 in 2008 to 90 in 2011. The majority were accused of posting pro North Korean content online. Eighteen websites were closed for such content in 2009, rising to 178 by October 2011.

The report highlights a new trend in the authorities using the NSL to encroach into more and more aspects of public and private life without justification.

Vaguely worded clauses in the law are being used to target arbitrarily individuals and groups perceived to be critical of the government and especially their policies on North Korea.

Individuals that use social media as a platform for discussion on issues like North Korea are increasingly at risk of criminal investigation and prosecution.

The NSL is being used as a smoke screen to hound critics of the government, with serious consequences for those targeted, said Rajiv Narayan, Amnesty Internationals East Asia Researcher.

No one is denying the right of South Korea to ensure the security of its citizens. But that is not what is being witnessed with the arbitrary and widening application of the NSL. Such abuse has to end.

Amnesty International has written to all candidates in the imminent Presidential election urging them to commit to abolish or fundamentally reform the NSL in line with required international standards.

The UN has been calling on South Korea to reform the NSL since 1992.

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Nov 282012

26 November 2012 Last updated at 23:30 ET By Arvind Chhabra BBC Hindi

A 90-year-old Indian man says his killing of a British woman army officer nearly 70 years ago was not an act of murder but part of an anti-colonial struggle.

Jagan Nath was found guilty of the 1943 murder of the officer, listed as Captain Heran, and given life in jail.

He has never denied killing the officer by pushing her out of a moving train.

But, he says, it was part of his role in India’s freedom struggle and wants the government to pay him a pension.

The authorities say pensions for “freedom fighters” cannot be paid to those who have committed crimes such as murder.

Mr Nath recently filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding that the government recognise him as a freedom fighter.

The court has given the authorities six months to investigate his claim and submit a report.

The incident took place in Punjab province and Mr Nath was tried in a court in Gujranwala town. The town, then in undivided India, is now in Pakistan.

Following his conviction, Mr Nath spent his initial years in Gujranwala jail, but was transferred to a prison in Ferozepur in Indian Punjab in 1948. Two years later, he was released on bail.

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A string of recent court rulings in the Omani capital Muscat are crushing free speech in the Gulf state, Amnesty International said today after another six men were convicted on defamation charges.

On 9 August, the six received prison sentences of between one year and 18 months and were fined 1,000 Omani rials each (around US$2,600) for offences including insulting the Sultan, undermining the status of the state, and using the internet to publish defamatory materials.

If these prison sentences are carried out, Amnesty International will consider these six men to be prisoners of conscience and call for their immediate and unconditional release, said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.

The Omani authorities must drop all charges and quash all convictions made against individuals solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

The six men sentenced over the weekend Ishaq al-Aghbari, Ismail al-Muqbali, Ali al-Hajji, Mahmoud al-Jamoudi, Hassan al-Ruqaishi and Nabhan al-Hanashi are all in their thirties and currently released on bail, pending appeals.

They had posted material on the internet commenting on recent developments in Oman, including criticism of actions taken by the authorities resulting in the repression of freedom of expression.

At least another three men Khaled al-Noufali, Sultan al-Saadi, and Hatim al-Maliki are expected to be sentenced on 16 September.

These are just the latest in a series of court cases going back several months in which the Omani authorities have ratcheted up their intolerance of freedom of expression.

On 8 August, a Muscat court convicted a dozen activists on charges related to their participation in a peaceful protest and for insulting the Sultan.

Trials began after a string of arrests of writers, activists and bloggers in late May and early June 2012. Those sentenced are among around 35 Omani activists sentenced or standing trial in relation to the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

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The prosecution of an editor for publishing criticism of Egypts President and the Muslim Brotherhood should be halted and freedom of expression protected, Amnesty International said.

Al-Dostor editor Islam Afifi is set to stand trial on Thursday before the Giza Criminal Court in Cairo, reportedly on charges of publishing false information insulting to Egypts President Morsi.

Both the authorities and the Muslim Brotherhood must accept public criticism of their positions and actions without trying to hide behind Mubarak-era laws criminalizing the exercise of the right to freedom of expression, said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director.

Egypt should uphold its international obligations and ensure people are not subject to criminal prosecution for peaceful criticism, even if what they say is perceived to be offensive.

Al-Dostor, a daily newspaper and website, came under investigation by Egypts Public Prosecution following complaints over its criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood. The paper is known for its editorial stand against the movement, including a June article where al-Dostor claimed the Muslim Brotherhood was preparing a massacre if Mohamed Morsi lost the countrys presidential election.

An issue of al-Dostor published on 11 August was confiscated by the authorities after it claimed the Muslim Brotherhood was trying to establish an Islamic state in Egypt.

President Morsi, who resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood after he won the election, had publicly warned media on 9 August against spreading rumours that would destabilize Egypt.

It is very disappointing that journalists continue to face prosecution in Egypt for their writing in spite of the 25 January Revolution and its hopes for change, said Amnesty International.

Egypt is a state party to the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of expression.

Amnesty International had called on President Morsi in a June memorandum to review and repeal provisions of Egyptian law which, under the rule of Hosni Mubarak and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (the SCAF), were frequently used to suppress criticism of the authorities and public figures.

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