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Egyptian photojournalist and CPJ’s 2016 International Press Freedom Award winner Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, was released from prison on Monday after spending over five years in detention on anti-state charges. The conditions of his release, however, are arduous: he will be under “police observation” for five years, meaning he will have to appear at a police station every day at sunset, and is prohibited from managing his financial assets and properties. Shawkan and his lawyer plan to appeal the verdict in Egypt’s court of cassation.
CPJ explores how the Trump administration’s emerging record of prosecuting those who allegedly leak information to the press is affecting journalists covering national security. Many fear that Trump’s anti-press attitude could translate into criminalizing reporting on leaks.
Global press freedom updates
- NBC7 San Diego reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had adopted a policy of targeting reporters, confirming CPJ suspicions
- Read the latest Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ’s weekly round-up of press freedom violations in the country
- Tanzania imposes seven-day publication ban on The Citizen
- Mission Journal: One year on, Ján Kuciak murder seen as turning point by Slovak press
- Venezuelan counterintelligence agents detain U.S. freelancer, Venezuelan fixer
- U.N. commission: Israeli snipers ‘intentionally shot‘ Palestinian journalists in 2018, killing two
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