- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Police and authorities in Egypt have long been suspected of using violence and torture during interrogations, but now there may be hard evidence. Egyptian bloggers have posted torture videos on their sites.

One video showed a bus driver being beaten and sodomized by policemen during an interrogation. The two officers are currently in custody and will appear before a judge.

The Middle East Times reported that “officers circulated the video among other microbus drivers in his neighborhood and told him that they had done so to ‘break his spirit’ and to send a message to the other drivers.”

Egyptian authorities have denied the authenticity of some of the videos, arresting, then releasing Howayda Taha, a producer at the Al-Jazeera documentary channel, after accusing her of fabricating scenes of torture in police stations, according to

The Daily Star Egypt.

Whether these particular scenes are real or whether the officers involved are punished is not the point. The most important thing is that the issue is exposed in such a powerful way. There is no going back now and nothing will be kept “secret.” Bloggers are slowly, but surely, changing the status quo. There is a shift of power.

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