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Egypt: release photojournalist immediately!

Mahmoud Abu Zeid (also known as Shawkan)was arrested on 14 August 2013 at a protest in Egypt, for simply doing his job, as a photojournalist.  If convicted of the trumped-up charges against him, he risks the death penalty.

Shawkan has suffered torture and other ill-treatment in detention. He is also not receiving the medical care he requires for Hepatitis C.   

On 10 December - which is also Human Rights Day - Shawkan will appear in court again. 

Amnesty International has collected at least 280,000 signatures worldwide calling for the Public Prosecutor to release Mahmoud Abu Zeid. We now need to elevate our calls to the President of Egypt, to call for his immediate release and ensure our global demands are heard.

Journalism is not a crime!

Please send an email to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and remind him that Egypt is obliged to respect the right to freedom of expression.

Please personalise the email on the right hand-side, using some of the suggested points below:

  • Egypt’s authorities must drop all charges against Mahmoud Abu Zeid and release him immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.
  • Calling on them to provide Mahmoud Abu Zeid with any medical treatment he may require.
  • Calling on them to protect Mahmoud Abu Zeid from torture and other ill-treatment.
  • Calling on them to order an independent and impartial investigation into reports that he faced torture and other ill-treatment in custody, and bring those found to be responsible to justice without recourse to the death penalty.