Egyptian Cartoonist Islam Gawish Released

Egyptian Cartoonist Islam Gawish Released

"Hey, no, throw away what's in your hand." Cartoon by Anwar
“Hey, no, throw away what’s in your hand.” Cartoon by Anwar

Popular cartoonist Islam Gawish was released Monday, one day after his arrest on charges of running a news website and Facebook page “without a license,” according to a statement released on Gawish’s Facebook page.

An earlier statement on his page had announced that the detainment was a result of his “anti-government drawings.”

Gawish’s arrest incited other caricaturists to draw cartoons denouncing his arrest. Criticized for a crackdown on freedom of speech, the cartoons portrayed President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in fear of being drawn, or of a paper, which is the translation of the name of Gawish’s page “Waraqa.”

The Ministry of Interior noted in a statement that Gawish was found to be in possession of an internet router and a CPU. The general prosecution had ordered Gawish’s arrest after a complaint was filed against him.

North Africa Solar Power Conference To Be Held in Cairo Next Week
Egypt Raises Tariffs on a Wide Range of Imported 'Luxury' Goods

Subscribe to our newsletter


More in News


Egypt Court Releases Mother of Suez FGM Victim, Postpones Trial to November

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016
John Kerry

US Shifts Over $100 Million of Aid Away From Egypt

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016

Egypt’s Mediation Efforts Secure Evacuations, Delivery of Humanitarian Aid, Says Foreign Ministry

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016
A worker sells subsidized food commodities at a government-run supermarket in Cairo, Egypt, Feb.14, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt to Consider Boosting Subsidies to Shield Low-Income Citizens from Hardships of Economic Reform

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
An Egyptian supporter waves a national flag during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match, at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Egypt to Reopen Stadiums to Soccer Fans for World Cup Qualifier

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
Egypt's military prepares ahead of new operations against militants in Sinai

43 Terrorists Killed in Egypt Military Operations

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
Archive photo

Police Conscript Shoots Dead Police Officer in Egypt Following Quarrel

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2016
The Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Khufu)

Scans Uncover ‘Cavities’ in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.