Mahmoud Abou Zeid

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Statements   |   Egypt

Justice delayed for Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan

New York, February 5, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the prolonged trial of photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, who has been in jail for more than 900 days. Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was due in court Saturday along with more than 700 defendants who are being tried on charges ranging from rioting to attempted murder. Today, Cairo Criminal Court postponed the hearing until March 26 because a cage large enough to accommodate all the defendants was not available, according to his lawyers and state media reports.

February 5, 2016 3:05 PM ET

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Letters   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt's prosecutor general to support request to free Shawkan

Dear Prosecutor General Nabil Sadiq. The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to you because of our deep concern for photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, who is due to stand trial in Cairo Criminal Court on December 12, 2015. Shawkan's lawyers told CPJ they will ask the court to release him from custody We request that you support this request. Shawkan was at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in August 2013 not as a protester or a criminal, but as a journalist.

December 10, 2015 10:35 AM ET

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Letters   |   Egypt

CPJ urges Sisi to release all journalists jailed in Egypt

Dear President el-Sisi: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Egypt, days before you address the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

Statements   |   Egypt

CPJ welcomes Al-Jazeera pardons, calls for all other journalists in Egypt to be freed

New York, September 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the presidential pardon today of Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who have been in prison since they were sentenced in a retrial on charges including "aiding a terrorist organization." Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners today, on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Adha, as he prepares to travel to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly next week.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt should release Shawkan, photographer detained for two years

New York, August 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to release freelance photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, from prison immediately and drop the baseless allegations against him. By the time of his hearing on Monday, Shawkan will have exceeded the two-year legal limit on pretrial detention, according to his lawyer who spoke to CPJ.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt arrests press advocate, accuses him of belonging to banned group

Washington, July 24, 2015--Egyptian authorities on Tuesday arrested the head of a journalists syndicate and accused him of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and calls on the Egyptian government to release Aboubakr Khallaf immediately.

Reports   |   Egypt

Egypt's imprisonment of journalists is at an all-time high

Egyptian authorities continue to imprison critical journalists while openly pledging media freedom. Egypt has the highest number of journalists behind bars since CPJ began keeping records, most of them accused of affiliation with a banned group. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists protest the imprisonment of Egyptian photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, or Shawkan. (AP/Amr Nabil)

Blog   |   Egypt

Egyptian journalist Shawkan on his 600 days in prison

"Photography is not just a hobby for me. It is an actual way of life. It's not just how you hold a camera and snap a picture. It's the way that you see life and everything around you."

Blog   |   Egypt

Mission Journal: In Egypt, glimmer of hope in bleak press environment

Mohamed Fahmy holds an Egyptian flag on February 12 after a court ruled he and Al-Jazeera colleague Baher Mohamed could be released on bail. (AP/Hassan Ammar)

After a series of high-level meetings to discuss press freedom concerns with Egyptian officials in Cairo this week, it was heartening to hear that journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had been granted bail after more than 400 days in prison.

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Ten journalists to free from prison

On World Press Freedom Day,
CPJ calls for the release of all jailed journalists

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is in prison in Egypt on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

By Shazdeh Omari/CPJ News Editor

New York, April 29, 2014—Uzbek editor Muhammad Bekjanov has been in jail for 15 years, one of the longest imprisonments of journalists worldwide. Prominent Iranian journalist Siamak Ghaderi was imprisoned in 2010 and has been beaten and whipped in custody. Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, serving a 12-year jail term, could barely walk or talk during a prison visit in July 2013, his family said.

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