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To our friends in Egypt

February 4, 2011 posted in Sci.Journalism 42 comments >>
By Deborah Blum
Posted: February 4, 2011 on Deborah Blum’s blog Speakeasy Science

Deborah Blum is the Chair of the Program Committee for the 7th World Conference of Science Journalists, scheduled for 27 – 29 June 2011, in Cairo (Egypt). She is also a board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists and a former President of the National Association of Science Writers of the United States.

Finally they recognized that we are not animals and they opened the internet I am fine as well as my family… me and my wife we are expecting she should deliver after 2 weeks …hope that things calm down wisely.
Pray for us Deb
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Oh, I am. I absolutely am, Ashraf. I think of you – you, and Nadia, and Dalia and Mohammed, and Magdy and more – in this week of increasing craziness and brutal government response in Cairo. I think and I hope and I make bargains with the universe if it will just keep my friends safe.

I’ve watched uprisings and protests in other countries before with the usual detachment one feels when it’s someone else’s country, someone else’s issue. Or that’s what we usually tell ourselves, as if it was happening on some other planet, as if it didn’t involve people who – just like us – want a decent life, dignity, respect for what they do and what they dream of doing.

Actually, I’m bargaining with the universe on that front as well. That you will prevail in these protests, this courageous and this heartfelt stand for a free and democratic country.

That this is your time.

I got the e-mail from you yesterday and it brought back to me a bright day in Cairo last July. I was meeting you and other local science journalists to help plan for the World Conference of Science Journalists. And you were worried that it was hot and I wasn’t drinking anything and you hurried off to get me some tea. And wouldn’t let me pay for it because I was your guest in your country.

Geez, that happened to me a lot in Cairo. The hospitality, the instinctive generosity. I stayed with my friend Nadia El-Awady at her apartment, displacing her sons from their bedroom. “You’re our guest,” they kept saying, when I tried to buy a gift, a coffee, a meal. “It’s your home,” they said, when I apologized taking the boys’ room. And when I went shopping for gifts to take home to my family, Nadia and Dalia Abdel Salam bargained fiercely on my behalf. No guest of theirs was going to pay too much for even the smallest souvenir.

Nadia and Dalia are, of course, the co-organizers of the WCSJ-2011, due to be held this June in Cairo. I’m working with them as program chair, part of a bridge-building partnership between Arab and American science writers that dates back almost four years.

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) joined in a partnership with the Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA) in 2007. It was an unlikely time to connect two such different groups. At the time, we were deep into George W. Bush’s insanely wrong and wrong-headed war in Iraq. We were determined to overcome that though. We thought we could learn from each other and we believed – I believed, Nadia believed – that we could learn also to trust each other.

We have, you know. I’ve been incredibly proud of my NASW friends and colleagues in this regard. They’ve contributed time and money, ideas and passionate commitment to making our partnership work. We brought the ASJA members to the United States and NASW members including myself have traveled to a variety of Arab countries – Qatar, Morocco, Jordan, Dubai, Egypt – to work with science journalists there.

But, oh, I’ve admired our ASJA partners as well. Nadia, Dalia, Mohammed Yahia, a blogger for Nature who manages the conference website, Cairo newspaper science editor Magdy Said and Waleed Al-Shobakky, current president of the Arab Science Journalists Association, and, of course, a quiet, serious newspaper science editor named Ashraf Amin, who sent me that e-mail this week. They’re amazing hosts, they’re united in wanting to raise the bar, to foster not just the conference but science journalism in the Middle East, and as you can undoubtedly tell from this post, I value them as friends.

I can promise you that I’ve worked hard on this conference, many people at NASW have worked hard – but our Arab partners have worked harder. They know much is at stake – if all goes as planned, this will be the first WCSJ in an Arab country, the first on the African continent, the first in the developing world.

And in the most selfish way, I want them to have that conference, exactly as planned, exactly as scheduled – a showcase for the talent, and intelligence and the passion for communicating science that exists in the Arab world. We all want that actually. The umbrella group for this conference, the World Federation of Science Journalists, issued a statement to that effect just yesterday. We’re still planning on it, by the way.

Journalists in Cairo 
photo by Nadia El-Awady


But I’m not bargaining with the universe about the conference at this moment. My hopes and thoughts and energy are directed at wishing my friends safe through a turbulent time. At despising the Mubarak regime and agreeing with our current president (Oh, I do like him so much better than the previous version) that the time for change is now.

Our colleagues, our fellow science journalists, our friends – the people of Egypt – deserve exactly what we fought for ourselves when this country was born in revolution – those same inalienable rights that we are so proud of: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

To quote the great Thomas Jefferson on that very point: “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Or as we like to say today: Let freedom ring!




Comments
Egypt is free
posted on March 7, 2011 by  Benedict Tembo
I wish to commend the Egyptians for working hard to restore democracy in their beloved country. I hope the spirit of freedom spur the country to greater heights. Egypt hols a special place in Africa and happenings there have a bearing on all of us. Viva freedom, viva Egypt!
Dear friends and fellows in Egypt
posted on February 14, 2011 by  JCS-Togo
Dear friends and fellows in Egypt
We have come to realize that at the edge of this year 2011 our friends from Maghreb, are struggling for a more democratic and peaceful country. We really admire their determination and abnegation.
On the behalf of the Science Journalists and Communicators of Togo (JCS-Togo) may I address our warmest greetings of solidarity to our friends and fellows of Egypt for their struggle. We want to tell them that there is always victory wherever people are moved by good thoughts.
We are, indeed, praying for a peaceful Egypt to host the upcoming World Conference of Science Journalists in June.

An intelligent revolution
posted on February 11, 2011 by  Nicolás Luco
However emotional the moment of triumph is, leading Egyptians in the news show such restraint and intelligence, and so much hope! The June Congress rests secure, especially because of this freedom atmosphere. Nadia must be thanked for keeping us there, minute by minute.
Solidarity from Japan
posted on February 10, 2011 by  hajime HIKINO
Dear Friends in Egypt.
We always care about you. And we will firmly support your hope for democracy and freedom. We are sure of seeing you again in peace and happiness in the seventh International Conference of Science Journalists.
from secretary general of Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists.
Support from the AJSPI
posted on February 10, 2011 by  Cecile Klingler

Dear Nadia, dear colleagues from the Arab Science Journalists Association,

On behalf of the French science journalists, I want to tell you how much we are thinking about you, following the situation in your country with deep concern. It’s 8h30 pm here in France as I am writing this post, 9h30 in Egypt. Mubarak is supposed to address the nation by 30 minutes. I hope he will step down, and that Egypt will find its way toward freedom and democracy.
Warmest regards,

Cecile Klingler, for the AJSPI, France.
Support from Japan
posted on February 10, 2011 by  mariko takahashi, JASTJ(Japan)
Dear Nadia, whenever I hear news from Cairo,Nadia's smile comes to my mind.I wish your safety and I am convinced of that you could overcome all the difficulties. We,Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists,are with you all the time.
Letter of Solidarity
posted on February 9, 2011 by  Viola Egikova
Letter of Solidarity
World Federation of Science Journalists
Mrs. Nadia El-Awadi

Dear WFSJ President! Dear colleagues from Arab Science Journalists Association!

Since the end of January we are watching the news from Egypt with a greatest worry. It is really sad to see your sunny country in such a trouble and disturbances, but in the same time it is clear that the reasons, which brought the people to the Tahrir place, were very substantial.
Today your people are facing to dangers. And the journalists are in the foreground of these dangers. On behalf of Russian science journalists we express solidarity with our colleagues in Egypt. We wish to share with you the hopes for the best solutions and the best future for your country. We hope the coming elections will bring Egypt to democracy and development, to freedom of voice, freedom of press. We hope these days of protest will really give place to positive changes. We wish the Middle East to be a place of piece and prosperity, kind neighborhood and happy population.

The Board of Russian Association for Science Writers and Journalists “Intellect”

¡Hola! from New Mexico
posted on February 9, 2011 by  Nigel Hey
Egypt and the brave journalists working there are seldom far from my mind, although I am many thousands of miles away, in the American desert. I very deeply hope that the Egyptian people soon will succeed in forging their difficult way to a new age of democracy and peace, with a wise and humanitarian leadership that will rebuild the nation’s promise to all its people, and which will then serve a beacon for others who still seek social justice.
A flow of admiration from Chile
posted on February 9, 2011 by  Nicolás Luco
In Chile the people succeeded, as Egyptians are succeeding, in getting rid of a dictatoship. It is hard, it demands stubborness, active presence and this fantastic and unsuspected flow of solidarity both inside the country and outside. A voice not even dictators can fail to listen too, however uncomfortably. The protest turns out martyrs, also. But the world gasps at this valor, this empty handed shrieks, this - as is Egypt's vocation - mankind seeking its dignity.
We rise, we, the members of the Chilean Association of Science Journalists, ACHIPEC, and raise our hands in solidarity.
Go for it!
posted on February 9, 2011 by  Elmar Veerman - Vereniging van Wetenschapsjournalisten in Nederland
Here in the Netherlands we fully support the Egyptian people in their struggle for freedom and we admire the way they have been protesting so far. It will be fantastic if we can meet each other this summer in a free, democratic and safe Egypt. And I believe we will.

Elmar
Letter of Solidarity - Intellect
posted on February 9, 2011 by  Russian Association for Science Writers and Journalists “Intellect”
World Federation of Science Journalists
Mrs. Nadia El-Awady

Dear WFSJ President! Dear colleagues from Arab Science Journalists Association!

Since the end of January we are watching the news from Egypt with a greatest worry. It is really
sad to see your sunny country in such a trouble and disturbances, but in the same time it is clear
that the reasons, which brought the people to the Tahrir place, were very substantial.
Today your people are facing to dangers. And the journalists are in the foreground of these
dangers. On behalf of Russian science journalists we express solidarity with our colleagues
in Egypt. We wish to share with you the hopes for the best solutions and the best future for
your country. We hope the coming elections will bring Egypt to democracy and development,
to freedom of voice, freedom of press. We hope these days of protest will really give place
to positive changes. We wish the Middle East to be a place of piece and prosperity, kind
neighborhood and happy population.

The Board of Russian Association for Science Writers and Journalists “Intellect”
Solidarity from Italy
posted on February 9, 2011 by  Fabio Turone - Science Writers in Italy
I wish to express the solidarity of all the members of Science Writers in Italy to all colleagues in Egypt fighting for their voices, and the voices of Egyptian people, to be heard.

We hope we’ll meet soon in a fully pacified Cairo - in the name of democracy - for the World Congress.
تحية الى احرار مصر
posted on February 8, 2011 by  haider najm
كل التحية والوفاء الى الاضقاء المصريين الاحرار، ارجو ان يتحقق مبتغاهم ..تعيش الحرية ويسقط الصنم
LETTER OF SOLIDARITY - EUSJA
posted on February 8, 2011 by  European Union of Science Journalists' Association
LETTER OF SOLIDARITY

It is just five months until the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) takes place in Cairo, Egypt. Currently science journalists from around the world are looking at Egypt, which has become a focal point in the protests which roam the Arab world. Among the protesters is the President of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) and Co-Director of WCSJ, Nadia El-Awadi, who sent her tweets from the Tahrir place providing vivid impressions of the demonstrations.

The European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA) and its Board send its warmest greetings of solidarity to the brave people of the organising committee of the World Congress residing in Egypt, as well as to our colleagues of the Arab Science Journalists Association. We are hopeful that continuing with the organisation of the World Congress will not suffer from the turmoil. This is the time of our Arab colleagues, and we are looking forward to congratulating them personally when we meet in Cairo and celebrating a new democratic Egypt providing freedom, freedom of press, and freedom of speech.

But we should not forget that the fire of protests against authoritarian systems burns also in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, where media coverage is less pronounced, and where also science journalists experience an arduous time. EUSJA’s solidarity is also with them.

The European science journalists hope that the hesitancy shown by their national governments and the European Union to declare their full solidarity with the new movements in Egypt and beyond can soon be resolved.

With warmest regards

Board of EUSA:
Hanns-J. Neubert, President
Barbara Drillsma, Vice-President
Vesa Niinikangas, Treasurer
Viola Egikova, Honorary Secretary
Support of french environmental journalists
posted on February 8, 2011 by  Laurent Samuel
The french environmental journalists (JNE) wish to express their solidarity with journalists in Egypt and support freedom of the press everywhere.
Our website
http://jne-asso.org/blogjne/
Saluting your courage and resolve!
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Nalaka Gunawardene, Sri Lanka
In recent days, I have followed with concern and admiration the peaceful demonstrations in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt by people demanding democracy and freedom. This is true People Power in action. I salute all Egyptians for standing up and speaking up for their rights, and especially the Egyptian journalists for keeping this story alive using all possible communication channels. I'm following science journalists Nadia El-Awady and Mohammed Yahia. I am very glad that your Internet rights are now restored, and hope soon you will find all other suppressed or denied rights also restored.

On my Twitter feed, I have posted comments and questions on what it takes to spark off and sustain People Power: http://twitter.com/NalakaG

And on my blog, I found inspiration in an old and well known Dr Seuss poem: http://movingimages.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/wanted-more-courageous-little-macks-to-unsettle-yertle-kings-of-our-times/

Kenya supports you. Human dignity is non-negotiable
posted on February 7, 2011 by  OCHIENG' OGODO
We at the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA) have been watching keenly events unfolding in our neighborhood Egypt. Like the umbilical cord connects a child to its mother, Egypty and Kenya are linked in many respects including the River Nile that emanates from Lake Victoria into the Mediterranean Sea.
We are proud of our colleagues (journalists) like Nadia, Dalia and Mohammed Yahia for their enthusiasm and unrelenting determination in the noble cause initiated by the good men and women of Egypt in their solid desire to rid their country of a tyrannical regime that has no regard for democracy, the rule of law and respect for human dignity.
The people of Egypt have spoken and the voice of the people is the voice of God. Dictators are never persuaded. You have decided to turn a new chapter in the life of your country and usher in political stability, economic prosperity and social cohesion. Where science can flourish. Do it.
We look forward to the World Conference of Science Journalists next June in a new free Cairo, as fresh as morning dew. Mubarak’s big overbearing regime where disorder, torture, manipulation and dehumanization have become the lot of Egyptians must end. Let carts be given to good drivers and children to the motherly.
To our journalist friends there we are in solidarity with you. We indeed care and have you in prayers. We wish you and the people of Egypt victory. Nadia you are an amazing woman with magical touch to issue s that affect humanity. God bless Egypt! Gold bless Africa! God bless the world.
Ochieng Ogodo
KENSJA chair.
www.kensja.net
Looking forward to the Conference
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Danielle Ouellet
To all the scientific journalists in Egypt, colleagues and friends,
In Montreal, Quebec, we are following the situation in your country, hoping that all the efforts that you put in the organization of the Conference will not be in vain. Many of us, from the Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec (ACS), are looking forward to joining you next june for this important event, and to freely meeting colleagues from around the world.
Support from Quebec, Canada
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Mathieu-Robert Sauve
To all Egyptian friends and colleagues, the Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec (French speaking science writers) offers the expression of their solidarity. As organizers of the 4th World Conference in Montreal in 2004, we understand how such a event means for every volonteer in the host country. Our board members still plan to be part of "the first WCSJ in an Arab country, the first on the African continent, the first in the developing world".
Together as one - Kenyans are as hopeful as ever
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Aghan Daniel
Dear Colleagues from Egypt,
As it were, some of us who have already started packing tehir bags to come and enjoy the Conference will not unpack. We are with you - we are praying with u - take heart for we are hopeful the gods of positivity will cover with hope and dissipate dispair. It shall be alright and teh historic conference will take place. Calm and quite and a sloution will all inspire to ensure that the hard work that has already taken place since the London Conference will prevail.From the Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture in Kenya (MESHA) we say - we are togther in this situation as one. Aghan Daniel, Coordinator MESHA.
support from South Africa
posted on February 7, 2011 by  lynne smit
The South African Science Journalists' Association (Sasja)stands in solidarity with our counterparts in Egypt in their quest for democratic freedom.
Anso Thom, Sasja President
Support from Belgium and French speaking Africa
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Patrice Gokdberg
Dear Nadia and Egyptian friends, History is on the move. Let's hope that serenity and democracy will find the right way in your fabulous country. We send you all of our support and a lot of positive waves ! Take care of you,
Your Belgian friend Patrice and his team of French speaking mentees.
freedom
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Anaïs from France
Your futur in your hands... so many dreams but go forward carefully in your path to freedom.
Rwanda Science Journalists Association
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Aimable Twahirwa
Dear Nadia, Deborah and the team,

On behalf of my colleagues in Rwanda, I would like to express our support to you and the Egyptian people, to stand strong in these difficult situations. Hopeful, the country will restore normal order as soon as possible...hope to cross paths sometimes soon for the World Conference of Science Journalists in the new Egypt. We are behind you and hope to see the new Egypt hosting such a big event in june this year..Insha'Allah
Greetings from United Kingdom and Germany
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Liberty and Peace NOW! media
Liberty and Peace NOW! Human Rights Reporters

We join our voices to support you ! Our hope is for safety, human dignity, human rights, social justice, liberty, peace for all the people in Egypt (so far as possible), in the Middle East, in Israel and in this world.

As some of our journalists, correspondents, reporters, authors and publishers do suffer a lot because of several murder attempts, denial of almost all of human dignity and human rights in Germany and in Europe, we know very well what poor journalists, media staff and poor people of Egypt are going through since many years.

Our hope is that democracy, peace, human dignity, human rights, social justice, freedom of expression, free media, prosperity for all people, social justice and the release of journalists and media staff will take place soon in Egypt and many other places in this world.

All the best and Peace be unto you, too !

Andreas Klamm - Sabaot, Tunisian-French-German journalist, broadcast journalist, author, founder and managing editor of Liberty and Peace NOW! Human Rights Reporters, Radio TV IBS Liberty and British Newsflash Magazine, www.libertyandpeacenow.org, www.humanrightsreporters.wordpress.com, www.ibstelevision.org, www.britishnewsflash.org

February 7, 2011
Support from Radio France Internationale
posted on February 7, 2011 by  Caroline Lachowsky
We join our voices to support you and hope to be present by your side in Cairo for the first conference on African continent !
Guillaume, Pierre and Caroline from the daily science and society program on RFI "Autour de la question"
Greetings from South Africa
posted on February 7, 2011 by  lynne
The South African Science Journalists' Association (Sasja) stands in solidarity with our counterparts in Egypt in their quest for democratic freedom.

Anso Thom, Sasja president, on behalf of Sasja committee and members.
USJA is with you
posted on February 7, 2011 by  William Odinga Balikuddembe
Science Journalist Godferoy Chabi (Benin) and I never miss to talk about Cairo every time we meet: the fast cars, shopping, the exhaust fumes, the hospitality of the Egyptian people... The last time I was there, in 2007, I passed by a military base Mubarak was to visit and straight away felt how distant he was from his people. Gloomy guards lined the streets (loved Presidents are cheered by the civilian). Every pedestrian walked straight and fast. I did the same. It is sad that the city has degenerated into chaos; sad that journalists are among the victims of the violence. When people demand for what is rightly theirs, they are not wrong! The people of Egypt deserve a better livelihood, and this can only be achieved through good governance. We, Uganda Science Journalists Association (USJA), fully support the Egyptian people in their pursuit of freedom. It is our prayer that this year’s World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) is held in a more democratic Egypt. Nadia and your colleagues, you are brave people. Go for what belongs to you!
Voices of support
posted on February 6, 2011 by  Jim Cornell
Years ago, before there was an Internet or a WFSJ, the International Science Writers Association (ISWA) was one of the few organizations dedicated to promoting journalism—and protecting journalists--worldwide. Amazingly, our only tools then were one, the small pasteboard membership cards that, for many reporters working under repressive regimes, represented the sole professional certification available to them, and two, a loose network of several hundred fellow writers whose words of support could sometimes sway even the most entrenched dictators. Today, thankfully, our Egyptian friends and colleagues have the expanded resources of global communication and a world federation with literally a thousand times more voices of support. May all of those voices be heard in Cairo—now and in June.

Jim Cornell, President
ISWA
<cornelljc@earthlink.net>
The CSWA offers support
posted on February 6, 2011 by  Kathryn O'Hara
Deborah's poignant sentiments are echoed by your friends in the Canadian Science Writers' Association. I thought of our Egyptian colleagues many times over the last tumultious week.
The pro democracy rally is contagious and we admire the bravery and determination of Egyptians who want change and deserve it. Hope to see you all in a country that will finally have a government that recognizes your rights as equalcitizens of Egypt and we all hope, a kindly universe
posted on February 6, 2011 by  Alexander Maeder
Dear Nadia, dear friends in Egypt,
Your German colleagues send you their best wishes for the future. Our thoughts are with you all the time. We hope that you will achieve freedom and democracy in the end, and we hope that we will have a chance to meet in June!
Alexander, WPK board
posted on February 6, 2011 by  Diran Onifade
My heart goes to Nadia, Magdy and our other friends in Egypt who at the moment are eye-witnesses to a history that will be told for generations.
The problem of Africa is not resources, it is leadership. Or more appropriately, the lack of it.To insist on good governance in Africa and, I dare say the Middle East,at this time is the right thing to do for posterity.The people of Egypt are right and all right thinking people should stand with them. I do.
Victory Nearing; Our heart-felt support!
posted on February 6, 2011 by  Saadi, Mir Lutful Kabir
We would like to extend our whole hearted support for the on going movement in Egypt to oust the autocratic regime. We hope victory is very near and an especially positive change will occur in Egypt and other parts of the Arab lands. May Almighty Allah help you to overcome this critical juncture and wish a grand success of the forthcoming 7th World Conference of Science Journalists to be held in Cairo (Egypt) from 27 – 29 June, 2011.

With profound regards,

Saadi, Mir Lutful Kabir
General Secretary
Bangladesh Science Writers & Journalists Forum (BSWJF)
Africa mobilize to participate in Cairo Conference
posted on February 5, 2011 by  WFSJ Info
"We are pleased with the progress of preparations for the seventh International Conference of Science Journalists. African associations are all mobilized to participate in this event, the first to be held on African soil.
We are pleased with the brilliant work done by Nadia and Deborah, co-organizers of the conference. In my own name and on behalf of members of Scilife, we reiterate our support to this team and mark them all our support. "
Christophe Mvondo
WFSJ Member-at-Large and President of the Cameroon Association of Science Journalists and Communicators (Scilife)
Solidarity from Nigeria
posted on February 5, 2011 by  WFSJ Info
From Hamisu Muhammad, President, Nigeria Association of Science Journalists:

"The move is in order, we will make sure we contribute to support our brothers and sisters in Egypt.
Regards
Hamisu
Nigeria
I hope democracy & peace spread to all the Mideast
posted on February 5, 2011 by  WFSJ Info
From Mary Knudson, a co-editor of A Field Guide for Science Writers:
“I hope the conference will come off as planned. But the most important thing is the safety of the courageous Egyptian people and their non-Egyptian friends who are now in the country, and the building of a real democracy. We wish for our Egyptian friends what we are so blessed to have. And I hope democracy and peace spread to all the Mideast.”
Let dreams come true
posted on February 5, 2011 by  WFSJ Info
From Vesa Niinikangas, Managing Director of the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists:
“Finnish science journalists (FASEJ) support your efforts organising the best conference ever. We also support Nadia’s and our other colleagues fighting for democracy and decent life.
Let the dreams come true.”
Vesa
Solidarity from Colombia
posted on February 4, 2011 by  lisbeth fog
Dear Nadia and all colleagues: I have been thinking of you, and the situation you are facing. Hopefully Egiptians will get what they deserve and freedom will come soon.
Best,

Lisbeth
From Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature
posted on February 4, 2011 by  info WFSJ
"I have been thinking about our journalist colleagues in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world, especially given our involvement in the WCSJ later this year. Please let them know that we on Nature do indeed care about them! I hope normal communications will be restored soon.
Best wishes
Phil"
posted on February 4, 2011 by  Mercè Piqueras
From Mercè Piqueras, from the Catalan Association for Scientific Communication:

"I have written several posts in my blog about Egypt and specifically about Nadia. I have follower her via twitter since the first days of demostrations and have retweeted various tweets by her.

My blog: http://lectoracorrent.blogspot.com/

Posts of Jan 25, 26 and Feb 2, 3, 4.

In addition, I sent an email to our (ACCC) distribution list (around 700 addresses) with the URL where the statement by the WFSJ Council could be read, and explaining that the plans for the WCJS went on.

I had not yet registered for the WCSJ and did it last week. I thought that doing so was good for our Egypcian colleagues working on the organization of the meeting.

Hopefully everything ends well, and we may have the best ever WCSJ in El Cairo.

Best wishes,

Mercè Piqueras
posted on February 4, 2011 by  Frank Nuijens
I whole-heartedly agree with Deborah, and wish all my Egyptian friends and colleagues a peaceful transition to the democracy they so deserve.
Support for our friends in Egypt!
posted on February 4, 2011 by  Raili Leino
My heart is with you, be safe, find freedom, our Egyptian friends!

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