Interview: Wael Abbas - Egypt's activist bloggers are "the spark in the oven"

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Wael Abbas is an Egyptian journalist and blogger who gained worldwide recognition for his work using online video to expose and publicise torture in Egypt's police stations. Last year he received the ICFJ/Knight International Journalism Award - the first blogger to do so. Late last year, his YouTube channel - which he had used to publicise the videos - was controversially taken down, and later restored.

When I met Wael at the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Budapest a few weeks ago, I asked him how he became involved in human rights activism, what he felt the work he and others were doing had achieved, and what activists in other countries could do to build on his work.

For more background on the videos that Wael and others brought to light, read this post I wrote at the end of 2006, which also points to the work being done by other bloggers, including Alaa Abd El-Fattah (featured in this video interview), Demagh Mak and Hossam El-Hamalawy, or see the action links accompanying this video.

[Interview conducted in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday 29th June 2008 after the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit.]

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