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Dear Producer of CNN

On December 27, 2002 CNN aired an extensive program on the case of Saadedin Ibrahim. I can understand that CNN supports Ibrahim because he is a supporter of American-style democracy. However, the claim that he is Egypt's leading dissident is preposterous. He does not speak to or for the Egyptian people and has no relevance to the aspirations of the Egyptian people. You wasted your air time by giving him an entire half hour segment.

Egypt's top dissident is Shaikh Omar Abdel Rahman, scholar of Qur'an and Hadith, teacher of Jihad, Ph.D from Al-Azhar university. He is imprisoned in a sound proof cell in Florence, Colorado, cut off from friends, relatives, journalists and the Muslim comunity. Even his attorney has been framed.
The Shaikh has been tortured, stripped and mistreated in prison.
[By contrast, Saadedin Ibrahim stated that he was well treated in prison.]
The second leading Egyptian dissident is Ahmed Abdel Sattar who is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York on frivolous charges.

When will CNN stop pretending that those who do not agree with its peceptions do not exist.


Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D

2002-12-31 Tue 21:29ct