Pioneers of the campaign in support of freedom of scientific research and creativity stated, " We will strongly back up innovators and defend their right to research and express. Now that all prosecutors or their supporters or even the so called scholars of religion have declined all suggestions of holding debates about the disputed books, having not read any of them, we assert that those enemies of thought are only capable of the legal chase seeking publicity or wealth or just for the sake of terrorizing intellectuals and researchers."
The cases against "Hanafi" and "Qemany" are not the first attempt to limit the freedom of research and the right to creativity. There were other attempts to inhibit freedom of expression and the right to research against many researchers and against both intellectuals as well.
Earlier ,Qemany himself has received several life threats as a result of some "Fatwa" (resolution ) of some extremist Islamic figures and groups stating Qemany's heresy and blasphemy and that he was an infidel Moslem.
This came after the Islamic Research Department ,affiliate of Azhar institute, has confiscated Qemany's book "Rab Azzaman" (God of Time). As a result ,Qemany was prosecuted, and the investigation was closed in favor of Qemany.
Human rights organizations joining the campaign stated that it would have been more effective to respond to thoughts by thoughts and opinions by opinions. An opinion should never drag anyone to court. It is not discrediting to any thinker to criticize their thoughts , but it is unacceptable to file law suits and Hesba cases to limit and terrorize freedom of creativity and research. Currently, legal pursuits are the easiest way to
persecute intellectuals and scholars in Egypt.