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Associated Press

Bahraini blogger Mahmood al-Yousif works on his laptop at his house in

Manama, Bahrain on Nov. 21, 2006.

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Wael Abbas hasn’t been arrested by Egyptian police, but the blogger fears it could happen any day.

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A democracy activist who never leaves home without a camera, he has drawn the attention of state security by posting videos that show what many Egyptians only talk about behind closed doors — police brutality and male harassment of women on the street, such as fondling.

Egyptian authorities arrested a string of prominent bloggers last year, including one who remains jailed and is on trial for allegedly defaming Islam by posting criticism of Islamic institutions on his Arabic-language blog.

"I might be next," Abbas said at a Cairo coffee shop. He said his family has received anonymous phone calls asking about him, which he suspects come from state security.

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