Sunday, February 8, 2009


An Egyptian-German journalist/activist, Philip Rizk, has been kidnapped by Egyptian secret police.
He previously worked on aid projects with Canon Andrew White, special envoy to the Middle East for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Eyewitnesses said he was bundled into a white van with no licence plates, which then sped off.

The German embassy has been informed of his detention and is trying to locate him.
Lenin's Tomb has more information and news update links. Helena Cobban knows Mr Rizk and has written
I don't know how much aid the German government gives the Egyptian government. But I imagine it's a lot. Egypt is the top recipient of US aid after Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Why should the governments of any democracies give aid to a government that treats nonviolent social activists like Philip or thousands of others also detained in Egypt without any hint of due process as harshly as this?
There is a Facebook group in support of Mr Rizk, which I've joined.


  1. It's unfortunate that countries are bribing Egypt's government to go along with the occupation of Palestine.

  2. You are correct; see my post today....


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