Alaa Abd El Fattah
Name: Alaa Abd El Fattah (aka Seif)
Country: Egypt
Status: Free

Abd El Fattah is an Egyptian blogger, software developer, and democracy activist. Along with his wife and fellow blogger, Manal Hassan, he is known for founding the Egyptian blog aggregator, “Manalaa.” He has been active in developing Arabic-language versions of important software and platforms. 

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On May 7, 2006 Abd El Fattah was arrested during a peaceful protest in support of an independent Egyptian judiciary. His arrest, along with that of several other bloggers and democracy activists, spurred protests around the world, and lead to the creation of the blog, “Free Alaa,” devoted to calling for his release from jail. Despite his incarceration, Fattah refuses to stop writing. Even from his prison cell, he found ways to release writings and have them published on the Internet. After 45 days, Abdel Fattah was released from jail.