Kareem is an Egyptian journalist and blogger who defends freedom of expression, creation and publishing. He was raised in a family of fundamental Islamists. In 2006, on his blog he published a series of posts criticizing his university for the dissemination of ideas about the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
He was sentenced to four years imprisonment for "attacks on Islam and spreading false ideas among students." The judgment caused a wave of protests around the world, as was expressed by website freekareem.org.
He was awarded a prize by Reporters Without Borders in 2007. Due to the threat of death after the Revolution of 25 January 2011, he was forced to leave his home country. His activities concentrate on human rights violations, calling for religious freedom and tolerance in Egypt. He was the guest writer in Krakow City of Refuge from 2011 to 2012 and in Bergen City of Refuge from 2013 to 2015.