how could it be closed if you're reading this message on manalaa.net? that my dear reader is the kind of existentialist question fucking journalists at the IRIN News (the UN Office for the coordination of Humanetarian Afairs) don't have to deal with because they're too bussy inventing news.
how fucking difficult is it to check if a website is up or not, to call some bloody contact in Egypt or even send a frigging email to the bloggers themselves. next time a "professional" journalist asks about credebility of blogs and other citizen media outlets, please please please spit on his/her face. most of the information int he article is correct, but how could anyone trust them when they don't bother to do simple fact checking, I only know what's true and what's not because I'm personally involved in the topic, what if the news is about something I'm not familiar with? how do I know it's not pure bullshit.
Independent Egyptian bloggers have also been at the receiving end of such curbs. The award-winning www.manalaa.net blog has been closed intermittently, while blogger Abdel-Karim Abdel-Salam was arrested in December 2005. Both sites featured regular, often critical, political commentary.