Mahmoud Abou Zeid

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CPJ urges Egypt to release journalists ahead of Eid al-Adha holiday

August 25, 2016 12:59 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Egyptian media reports that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi might release a number of imprisoned journalists ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday, which this year falls on September 11....

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Justice delayed for Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan

February 5, 2016 3:05 PM ET

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...

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

December 10, 2015 10:35 AM ET

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.

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CPJ urges Sisi to release all journalists jailed in Egypt

September 24, 2015 8:16 AM ET

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.

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

September 23, 2015 10:59 AM ET

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...

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Egypt should release Shawkan, photographer detained for two years

August 13, 2015 12:05 PM ET

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...

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

July 24, 2015 4:18 PM ET

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...

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

June 25, 2015 12:01 AM ET

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...

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Egyptian journalist Shawkan on his 600 days in prison

April 10, 2015 3:13 PM ET

"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."...

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

February 13, 2015 3:58 PM ET

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...

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