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Philip Rizk freed in Egypt


Updated (3:50 p.m., Wed., Feb. 11): The NYT has the first interview with Rizk. CT will be covering his press conference Thursday.

Rizk says he was blindfolded, handcuffed and interrogated for four days before being released without explanation. The money quote:

"I was held for four days but the people of Gaza continue to be held in a form of prison, and there are others in Egypt who are also being held," he said. "I want to move the attention to others who are still in this situation."

AP suggests Rizk's detainment was part of a broader crackdown on dissent by Egypt. Question is whether the other bloggers have the international connections that Rizk does....

Updated (8:50 a.m. Wed., Feb. 11): This post adds analysis by CT source in Cairo and a roundup of press coverage of Rizk's release.

Philip Rizk, a friend of CT held without charge by Egypt's State Security forces since Friday evening, has been released to his family – just in time for his 27th birthday Thursday.

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