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February 02, 2011

Human Rights First Reacts to Obama's Response to Mubarak

Washington, DC --i Tonight, President Obama called for a peaceful transition of power in Egypt, one that incorporates input from across the political spectrum and reflects support for the fundamental freedoms of assembly and speech. In response, Human Rights First's Meg Roggensack issued the following statement: "As President Obama noted in his remarks, the Internet has played a key role in the historic events currently unfolding in Egypt. It will also be one of the most important resources needed to achieve a peaceful and swift transition of power there. In this watershed moment, communication technology companies should place themselves on the right side of history and immediately restore Internet access for the people of Egypt, stop bowing to calls for censorship or violations of privacy, and support the kind of freedom and open dialogue that we hope will shape the Egyptian government's next chapter."