"Embattled and imprisoned Maikel Nabil has not received the same attention as his fellow jailed cohorts. Until now. The International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) in Turkey has named the young Egyptian blogger the first IFLRY Freedom Award winner for “his firm commitment to freedom.”Nabil was part of IFLRY’s delegation to the Liberal International (LI) Congress that took place in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in 2009, but sprung to international attention after being arrested on March 28 this year after allegedly “insulting” the military on his personal blog.
On April 10, in a case widely seen as the first of its kind in the post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt, Nabil was sentenced to three years in jail by a military court.
The young blogger, who holds controversial views concerning Israel, including calling for normalization – which has left him outside the massive “No Military Trials” campaign started by a group of local activists – has been on a hunger strike since August 23." (Joseph Mayton/Bikya Masr)