Egyptian Authorities Release Google’s Wael Ghonim

Egyptian authorities have today allowed the release of Google marketing executive Wael Ghonim, who had been missing for a week. Ghonim has been a staunch advocate for change in Egypt as he’s been covering the ongoing protests via Twitter.

The last time Ghonim Tweeted before his disappearance was on January 27th. Today, however, he jumped back on the social networking site to share that “Freedom is a bless that deserves fighting for it. #Jan25.” He also had a message for Dr. Hossam Badrway, Egypt’s newly-appointed secretary general of the ruling National Democratic Party:

As The New York Times reports, Ghonim is but one of several who have gone missing as the country has been split apart by protests, censorship, and acts of violence against both the Egyptian people and foreign journalists attempting to cover the ongoing chaos. A Google spreadsheet lists the names of others who have been reported missing since January 25th.

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