Democracy Activist (and Blogger, Drupal contributor) Alaa Abd El-Fatah arrested in Egypt
Alaa Abd El-Fatah is a renowned Egyptian blogger. He's been campaining in Egypt for Free software, Free Speech, Human Rights and political reform.
Alaa, together with a group of activist, have been calling for political and judiciary reforms. At stake, in particular, is a motion to ensure that the judiciary is independent and free from pressure from the government during elections. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/egypt/story/0,,1770311,00.html)
On the 7th of May, 2006, Alaa was participating in a peaceful protest when I was arrested for "insulting the president". He is still in jail today. Many bloggers around the world have already been calling for his release. Also, a new blog called freealaa has been created in support of Alaa Abd El-Fatah.
I'll make a follow up to this blog with more information on what actions you can take to help Alaa, and ensure he's released promptly.