UPDATES FROM EGYPT INDEPENDENT: Journalist accused of insulting president released” and “Journalists, culture workers hold sit-in for freedom of expression

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A small number of protesters — including just 204  Facebook respondents — plan to meet up in Talaat Harb tomorrow night to stand against the draft contitution and the recent attacks on freedom of speech in Egyptian newspapers.

Thursday’s protest is the launch event of a new group, “Protecting the Egyptian Mind.” According to Ahram Online, it’s the brainchild of novelist Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid, artist Mohamed Abla, critics Sabry Hafez and Mohamed Badawi, writer Abla El-Roweini, professor Sherine Abul-Naga, publisher Fatma El-Boudi and a number of others.

Ahram Online said that more initiatives are planned, online and offline, including a major outreach campaign. Certainly, a major campaign is needed; much, much more than a protest.

Meanwhile, more about tomorrow’s protest on Facebook. More about recent attacks on Egyptians’ freedom of speech here.