Free speech is catching
: Big Pharoah, the Egyptian blogger, notes new exercise of free speech:
I noticed very new developments in the newspapers that belong to the opposition. They are becoming increasingly bolder in directly criticizing the president by name. For such a long time, the office of the presidency here was like the pope or the Grand Ayatollah, a position with a lot of reverence and fear. I can see this barrier crumbling down….
I am glad that the opposition is getting a little bit bolder because as I said before I am sick and tired of having Islamists and radicals as the only vocal dissenting voices here. I think this is something that President Mubarak should encourage for the sake of the countryís future. I still strongly believe that we are not ready for changing the president but we definitely need more dissent that doesnít have a religious tag attached to it.