Staggering hypocrisy: Obama Administration accuses Egypt of stifling freedom of expression

Now wait a minute. Remember that in 2011, the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 16/18, with the support of the Obama administration. It called upon Western states to pass laws that would criminalize “defamation of religion” — i.e., criticism of Islam. Remember also that right after the Benghazi jihad massacre, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed to have the producer of a video about Muhammad arrested and prosecuted — and he is still the only person in prison for those attacks, solely for the crime of exercising his freedom of speech. And those are just two of the many ways in which the Obama Administration has shown itself to be a foe of the First Amendment. So either Nuland is going to come in for a serious behind-the-scenes rebuke from her superiors, or the Administration is trying to cover its anti-free speech tracks.

“US accuses Egypt of stifling freedom of expression,” from Middle East Online, April 2 (thanks to Twostellas):

WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday voiced concern over freedom of expression in Egypt following the arrest of a comedian for allegedly insulting President Mohamed Morsi and Islam.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the detention and release of television satirist Bassem Youssef was evidence of a “disturbing trend” of mounting restrictions on freedom of expression.

Youssef, whose weekly program mercilessly critiques Egypt’s rulers, was released on Sunday and ordered to pay 15,000 Egyptian pounds (around $2,200) pending investigation into the complaints.

“We are concerned that the public prosecutor appears to have questioned and then released on bail Bassem Youssef on charges of insulting Islam and President Morsi,” Nuland said.

“This, coupled with recent arrest warrants issued for other political activists, is evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on the freedom of expression.”

Youssef is accused of offending Islam by “making fun of the prayer ritual” and of insulting Morsi by “making fun of his international standing.”

Dubbed the Egyptian answer to American television’s Jon Stewart, Youssef has repeatedly poked fun at those in power and became a household name in the Arab world’s most populous country.

Several of Youssef’s colleagues in the Egyptian media also face charges of insulting the president, casting doubt on Morsi’s stated commitment to freedom of expression — a key demand of the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

“We have concerns that freedom of expression is being stifled,” Nuland added. “This is something that came up when Secretary (John) Kerry was in Egypt. He raised human rights concerns, including freedom of the press, with President Morsi, and we will continue to raise these concerns.”

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  1. says

    Often you learn more about someone by what they accuse you of doing. The accusations people throw around are often the very same things they are guilty of doing. Gossips are quick to accuse everyone else of gossip. So perhaps we learn more about the Obama Administration than they care to admit through this accusation.

  2. says

    Anne,
    Someone so filled with hatred themselves finds it hard to believe that someone else may NOT be filled with hatred. They know their own motives and assume everyone else has the same motives. So…many Muslims hate the infidels and they assume the infidels hate them. And certainly the charge of Islamaphobia helps their cause in our politically correct/tolerant world.

  3. says

    Who is this Victoria Nuland? What’s her background?

    Are these Obama women put in these jobs simply because it’s currently “politically correct”?

    Hillary and Janet Napolitano and Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett ….and others….spring up like “jackies-in-the-box”.

    Who has ever heard of these people before Obama-ism was installed? [Hillary…obviously being the prominent exception]

    What’s happened to that old-fashioned “thing” called Merit”? “Established credentials”?

    I know, I know…..instant shouts of “sexism” and all sorts of high heeled shoes will be hurled at me, but….think about it.

  4. says

    ……I forgot…..gasp!…how could I?

    Now we read that ….Caroline Kennedy….. is being considered as the new Obama ambassador to Japan? What on earth, besides her checkered surname, qualifies her for that significant position in an Obama-ist “administration”.

    Will no one rid us of all of these these Kennedy’s?

  5. says

    Isn’t like the liberal establishment to slough over toxic jihadist thuggery until, ‘wait, what, they’re attacking an artist, a comedian, one of us, well we certainly won’t stand for this, will we, will we?’.

  6. says

    Craniac,
    Interesting you say that. Recently I have been thinking about how weird it is that Robert Spencer’s critics are attacking a straw man. I assumed it was part of some deliberate strategy, but I more and more believe it is nothing but projection.

    As for the article itself: it is indeed staggering hypocrisy. Thanks to Spencer for calling the administration on it.

  7. says

    Victoria Nuland is a career Senior Foreign Service officer, and was Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney from July 2003 until May 2005 -just one line from her c.v. She has held a number of responsible positions in both Democrat and Republican administrations, which she merited based on education, experience and professional competence.

    You can find her complete bio on the State Dept. web site, or use Bing or google.