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Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, looks on behind bars in his trial on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, on May 31, 2016. Shawkan was sentenced to five years in prison on September 8, 2018. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egypt sentences photojournalist Shawkan to five years

Washington, D.C., September 8, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an Egyptian court’s sentencing of photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as “Shawkan,” to five years in prison, and called on authorities to release him immediately and remove any restriction on his release on appeal.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi gives a speech in capital Cairo on July 24, 2018. Egypt ordered five more journalists detained in the last two weeks of July 2018. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Egypt extends detention of five journalists

Washington, D.C., July 26, 2018– Egyptian national security prosecutors in the past two weeks prolonged the detention of at least five journalists, according to Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate, the local press freedom group Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), and news reports. Authorities accuse the journalists, who had been arrested separately beginning in March, of…

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