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Photojournalists in peril: The curious case of Shawkan

There has been no response or action taken whatsoever, despite the several solidarity campaigns that were launched by the Press Syndicate, the support Shawkan and other detained journalists receive from the international community, and the calls for their immediate release.

Toqa Ezzidin

Prisoner release draws attention to anti-terrorism laws

Wednesday’s pardon of 100 prisoners by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi is drawing mixed reactions from around the world, even as it focuses renewed attention on the controversial anti-terrorism laws under which some of the released prisoners had been held. The human rights group Amnesty International hailed the announcement of the prisoner release as “welcome news” …

Daily News Egypt

Shawkan’s fate unknown despite completion of legal term in detention

The fate of detained photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, remains unknown despite hopes for his release under Article 143 of the Criminal Procedures Code on pre-trial detention periods. Since Shawkan had not been referred to trial, his lawyers and family anticipated his release. Such hopes come as just last week, a court …

Amira El-Fekki