Prominent Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas taken from his home

Prominent Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas taken from his home

ANHRI said: "They took Abbas blindfolded to unknown whereabouts after they seized computers, phones, books and other things from the house". In December, he wrote on Facebook that Twitter had suspended his account without providing an explanation.

A number of bloggers and activists are reported to have been detained since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected for a second term in March. "This is all very scary for the government", added Allam.

Abbas is known for his strongly worded, anti-governmental stances and his role in documenting and reporting the 2011 uprising against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His Twitter account is still suspended although the reason is unclear.

Abbas won the journalism award from the International Center for Journalists in 2007, and also won the Human Rights Watch's Hellman/Hammett Award in 2008.

Word of Abbas arrest went viral on social media, prompting the hashtag #وائل_عباس_فين (Where is Wael Abbas). Thousands of people have been jailed, unauthorized protests have been banned and hundreds of websites, including many run by independent journalists and rights activists, have been blocked.

Earlier this week, an Egyptian military court sentenced journalist and researcher Ismail Alexandrani to 10 years in prison.

After Zeid's arrest, press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders called on Egyptian authorities "not to confuse disrespect with terrorism".

An expert on jihadist movements in North Sinai, where security forces are fighting an insurgency led by the Islamic State group, Alexandrani had been to Germany to deliver lectures on the political situation in Egypt, his wife Khadija Gaafar had said at the time.

His detention without explanation from Egypt's police follows several similar cases including that of atheist blogger Sherif Gaber who was nabbed earlier this month. "After July 2013, many Egyptian intellectuals left the country, believing that it is almost impossible to work in a needle sized margin of academic and journalistic freedom. There are some private newspapers but that doesn't mean they are actually free".

Allam agreed, "There are no more journalists nor real journalism in Egypt".

At least 35 journalists, citizen-journalists and bloggers are now detained in Egypt, according to RSF.

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