Pro-Brotherhood Facebook page creator arrested in Egypt

The Tanta Anti-Coup Movement Facebook page blames the military backed government for overthrowing Mohammad Mursi in July. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior arrested the administrator of the Tanta Anti-Coup Movement Facebook page after the government labeled him a “Muslim Brotherhood terrorist,” an official statement released Saturday on the ministry’s social media page said.

The page administrator, identified only by his initials and birth year, was charged over “spreading false news, inciting violence against security forces” as well as “spreading personal information of security officers.”

Security forces seized computers and “flash-drives” from the suspect’s house and an investigation is being conducted, according to the Egyptian daily news website The Daily News Egypt.

While security forces attempt to monitor what happens on the internet, they lack the cyber-surveillance skills necessary for monitoring activists and Facebook pages, Wafaa al-Banna, professor of English Literature at Cairo University told the website.

Speaking about online freedom in Egypt, Banna said that Eygptian security forces arrest “anyone that shows people what is happening” and that “they don’t care if it is a child, a woman, or even a pregnant woman… they are trying to falsify information to get people on their side.”

The Tanta Anti-Coup Movement Facebook page blames the military backed government for overthrowing Mohammad Mursi in July.

The official page was created in Aug. 2013 and has over 10,400 likes.
 

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