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Call on Egypt to end the prolonged detention of photojournalist Shawkan

Shawkan will face the courts again 23 December, 2017.

Send a Tweet to demand the immediate release of Shawkan!

Join the Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International in sending a message to authorities in Egypt that a camera should not be cause for arrest.


Known by the pseudonym of “Shawkan,” 27-year-old Mahmoud Abou Zeid was arrested in Cairo's Al-Tayaran Street on 14 August 2013 while providing the Demotix and Corbix agencies with coverage of the government's use of force to clear former President Mohamed Morsi's supporters from Rabaa Al-Awadiya Square. He has been in pre-trial detention ever since.

After being held in various detention centres, he is now in Cairo's biggest prison, Tora, where he is in very poor heath. According to Amnesty International, he has been badly mistreated since his arrest.

Shawkan is this year's recipient of CPJ's International Press Freedom Award (IPFA). The IPFA recognizes courageous journalists who take great risks and face grave challenges to bring us the news, and we hope to leverage the support from all around the world to ensure that Egyptian authorities hear loud and clear that imprisoning journalists for doing their job is intolerable.

Shawkan will face the courts yet again on December 23rd. Help us send a message to Egyptian President el-Sisi that Shawkan should be celebrating his award, not behind bars!

Tweet for Shawkan:

Take a picture of yourself holding up a #FreeShawkan sign, and tweet it from your twitter handle using the hashtag #FreeShawkan.

Ask key people in your networks to do the same.

Photojournalism takes courage and conviction. @AlsisiOfficial: Shawkan should be celebrated for his work, not locked up #FreeShawkan

Other Suggested Tweets:

Egyptian photojournalist @ShawkanZeid received an award from @pressfreedom. He should be celebrating, not behind bars! #FreeShawkan

A camera should not be cause for arrest. I join @pressfreedom and @amnesty in calling for Shawkan's immediate release. #FreeShawkan

@AlsisiOfficial should respect #Egypt's obligations under international law. Egyptian authorities must #FreeShawkan today.

Photojournalism takes courage and conviction. @AlsisiOfficial: Shawkan should be celebrated for his work, not locked up #FreeShawkan

Read more about Shawkan's story here.

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