Alber Saber Talks to the Press: ‘They Picked a Good Moment to Target Me’

Egyptian atheist blogger and activist Alber Saber, recently convicted of blasphemy and now out on bail awaiting an appeal, gave an interview to Maggie Fick of the Associated Press.

The substance of the interview focused on the Islamization of Egypt under President Mohammed Morsi, which Saber calls “no different from the former [Mubarak] regime,” adding that only “the weapons have changed” while institutional oppression remains.

Saber also noted the political convenience of his arrest and conviction, saying, “They picked a good time to target me,” alluding to the appearance of the anger-inducing “Innocence of Muslims” Internet video.

Still, Saber remains defiant:

“Egypt is a religious state,” said Saber. “If you disobey the norms, you get judged and sentenced. I’m not a criminal, but I’m being judged and sentenced on my opinion.”

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  • cipher

    There are two “Free Alber Saber” pages on Facebook, a Community and a Group:

    Hopefully, the exposure is working – he is out on bail.

  • Matt Eggler

    I used to joke that blasphemy was a victimless crime, but there are victims – the people charged with blasphemy

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    I, too, used to make the same joke about blasphemy being a victimless crime (i.e., since there is no God to suffer from the blasphemy against him).

    But you are correct that there ARE indeed victims.

    The victims are not just those who are charged with blasphemy, but also all of those who self-sensor and therefore are limited from their own personal rights of self-expression.

  • Miss_Beara

    I cannot imagine living in a country where most if not all of us who post here and on facebook could go to jail for blasphemy. It is scary.