State security officers arrested Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hany Greisha on August 26, 2020, without providing any reason for the arrest.
Greisha edits Youm7, which covers local, regional, and international news including politics, sports, entertainment, and economics, according to CPJ’s review of the website.
On August 26, 2020, security forces arrested Greisha at his home in Giza, according to news reports. Prosecutors charged him with spreading false news, misusing social media, and joining the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt has deemed a terrorist organization, and initially ordered his pretrial detention for 15 days, according to those reports, and two local journalists who spoke with CPJ on the condition of anonymity citing fear of reprisal.
Prosecutors have repeatedly renewed his pretrial detention, according to a report by regional rights group the Regional Center for Rights and Liberties.
Greisha is being held in the Giza Central Prison in Greater Cairo, and he has no health issues, according to a local journalist and press freedom advocate who is touch with Greisha’s family and spoke CPJ to the condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisal.
The Ministry of Interior, which oversees police, the prison system, and the prosecutor general’s office, did not answer CPJ’s emails requesting comment on Greisha in September 2021.