Raouf Ebeid

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Egyptian journalist Raouf Ebeid, a reporter for the weekly state-owned Rose al-Yousef magazine, was arrested in July 2022 and is facing terrorism and false news charges. 

On July 7, state security officers arrested Ebeid from his home in Cairo and detained him in an unknown location until July 18, according to news reports and a local journalist and press freedom advocate, who spoke with CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisal.

On July 18, the prosecutor general’s office charged Ebeid with spreading false news and membership in a terrorist group, and ordered his detention for 15 days pending trial, according to news reports, and the local journalist, who added that authorities did not state the reason for the charges. As of December 1, 2022, authorities had repeatedly renewed Ebeid’s detention every 15 days, according to the journalist.

Ebeid is being held in Al-Qanatir Prison in Cairo and has not received medical care for his diabetes, the journalist said.

The Ministry of Interior, which oversees the police, the prison system, and the prosecutor general’s office, did not answer CPJ’s emails requesting comment on Ebeid’s case in September 2022.