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Free Egyptian Photojournalist Shawkan

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8 SEPTEMBER SET AS DATE OF VERDICT FOR SHAWKAN

Mahmoud Abou Zeid (Shawkan) Imprisoned in Egypt since August 14, 2013.

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as “Shawkan,” was detained when working as a photojournalist while covering the deadly “Rabaa dispersal” on August 14th 2013. He was initially held in a Cairo stadium with protesters and two foreign journalists. Both foreign journalists were released a few hours later.

Shawkan has been held arbitrarily in prison for nearly five years now, with trumped up charges and more than 60 postponed trials to date. He has hepatitis C and is not receiving proper medical attention. Cramped with twelve people in a small dark cell, his health is badly deteriorating.

In early 2017, the prosecutor in his case called for the death penalty–just for taking photographs. Amnesty International and other human rights organizations including Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, PEN America and many others are working for his release.

On World Press Freedom Day (May 3rd), Shawkan was awarded the prestigious 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize. His talent is gaining global recognition and thousands of people around the world are speaking out against the cruel and intolerable injustice he has been suffering.

Please join us in speaking out and fighting for Shawkan’s release. Download this Urgent Action and take action!