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Egyptian nude blogger sparks furor

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Egyptian nude blogger sparks furor

11.17.11 11:11 PM

CAIRO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A young Egyptian activist who posted nude photos of herself on her blog has stirred a hornet's nest of controversy in the conservative Islamic nation.

The Egyptian news Web site Bikyamasr.com reported an Islamic legal group had filed a case against Aliya Magda al-Mahdy and her boyfriend and fellow blogger Kareem Amer Thursday, accusing them of "violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam."

When al-Mahdy posted the nude photo on her personal blog this past weekend, she wrote it was an act of protest. The image has received more than 1 million hits.

The group urged the general prosecutor to seek punishment of the activist and her boyfriend for "trying to spread her obscene ideology through the nude pictures."

"The old constitution and the new declarations of the new one says Islamic law is the source of governing, therefore we asked for Islamic law penalties to be executed on the two bloggers," Ahmed Yehia, coordinator of the coalition, told Bikyamasr.com.

"It is an insult to the revolution as these two persons who pretend to be one of the revolutionists and asking for sexual freedoms, they are giving the uprising a bad name."

Amer has been jailed in the past for allegedly insulting Islam in one of his blog posts, the news Web site said.

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