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Canada / Baird Welcomes Egyptian Blogger's Release

By Canada - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

OTTAWA, Canada, January 26, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on recent developments in Egypt:

“Canada welcomes the long-awaited announcement of the release of Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil.

“Statements such as the ones he posted online last year are part of everyday discourse in functioning democracies.

“Social media users like Mr. Nabil played an important role—at great personal risk—in Egypt's revolution of last year. His release is an encouraging sign as Egypt continues on its path toward democracy.

“Canada continues to support the ongoing democratic transition in Egypt, and urges those writing the country's new constitution to safeguard the principles of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law for all Egyptians.”