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When Kareem Amer tells people he has spent four years in prison for blogging, many respond with raising eyebrows. "Sometimes I get the impression that people in Norway think blogging is about the little things in everyday life," he says. "For me, it was about being able to write what I wanted without being censored."

Kareem was born in 1984 and grew up in a religious, Salafio oriented and strict family in Alexandria. When he was 20, he started studying law at Islamic Al-Azhar University.

"I experienced so much injustice and oppression of the people around me that I finally could not walk around and keep quiet about it," says Amer about how his need for expression grew stronger. “My father did not give my sisters a choice when it came to the hijab – they had to be religiously dressed from an early age. Well, when they are adults,. . .

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