Karim Hawwa, 21, an activist detained for allegedly slandering and defaming interior minister Nouhad Machnouk.
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The Maharat Foundation, a media watchdog, slammed Monday a policy that forces detained bloggers and Internet activists to sign a "promise of silence" before being released, saying such documents violated freedom of speech.These are void promises because they are violating basic human rights," legal counsel for Maharat, Tony Mikhael, told The Daily Star.He gave several examples of bloggers and social media users who signed the document including Kareem Hawa, the Lebanese activist who was detained last month for sharing a news story that carried comments criticizing the Interior Ministry. The lawyer said Hawa was released after approving the document and that the 21-year-old said that he would not dare speak about anyone else, fearing detention.
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