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ANHRI launches new publications about blogging and legal defence


The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has recently produced several new publications, including a book that covers the critical role of blogs in the landscape of Egyptian dissent, and a couple of guides to legal self defence for journalists and bloggers.

In June, ANHRI published a book on blogging and tweeting, "Blogs from Post to Tweet," describing the history of Egyptian Arab-language blogs and how social networking tools have given rights groups a powerful voice. Gamal Eid, the director of ANHRI, says, "This generation uses blogs and social networks in a way that cannot be traced, and with a boldness that cannot be curbed."

The book aims to provide a brief history of the evolution of blogging, focusing on the situation of Egyptian blogs and what they share with other Arab blogs. There are chapters that cover the direct role blogs have played in a number of political issues, as well as the effects of blogs in cultural and social areas.

As part of a series of guides, ANHRI also produced two legal booklets: "Insult and Libel" and "False News and Rumours." The second and most recent book includes the definition of news and when news is considered false, as well as what a rumour is, and when news and rumours are considered crimes under the law. It also provides critical answers to questions like: "What should I say in prosecution interrogation?", "Do I have the right not to disclose my source of information?", and "Do the police have the right to search a journalist?"

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