News

Egyptian Photojournalist Shawkan Honored With Second Award From Behind Bars

Egyptian Photojournalist Shawkan Honored With Second Award From Behind Bars

shawkan

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) announced on Monday imprisoned Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid “Shawkan” as one of the recipients of its 2016 International Press Freedom Awards.

The Committee also honored journalists from India, Turkey and El Salvador, all of whom “have faced threats, legal action, and imprisonment.” The winners are set to be honored at CPJ’s annual award and benefit dinner in New York City on November 22.

CPJ’s award is the second that the imprisoned photojournalist has received from behind bars, with the first being the 2016 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award, which Shawkan received last month.

Shawkan was arrested while covering security forces’ violent dispersal of a protest held by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on August 24, 2013.

The photojournalist is accused of possessing weapons, attempted murder, illegal assembly and terrorizing citizens. Among the 740 defendants in the case are Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and other prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures, in addition to several individuals who were rounded up from and around the sit-in area.

Despite the maximum period of pre-trial detention being two years, Shawkan was held in pre-trial detention until December 2015, when he stood in front of a court for the first time. During his detention, he has contracted Hepatitis C and has reportedly been denied access to medical attention for anaemia and depression.

His upcoming trial session is scheduled to take place on August 9.

Four Doctors Referred to Investigation for Promoting Egyptian Military's 'Hepatitis Cure Device'
One Christian Killed, 3 Injured in Fight in Egypt's Minya, Says Christian Cleric

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

BREAKING: UAE’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Dies, Aged 73

Sara Ahmed13 May 2022

5 Soldiers, 7 Terrorists Killed After Military Retaliation in Sinai

Mona Abdou11 May 2022

Palestinian Al-Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Shot Dead During Israeli Raid

Shereif Barakat11 May 2022

Men Who Blackmailed Egyptian Girl to Suicide Get 15 Years in Jail

Egyptian Streets11 May 2022

Egypt’s Inflation Rises to 14.9% as Ukraine War Persists

Shereif Barakat11 May 2022

13 Boys Arrested for Harassing Tourists at Egypt’s Pyramids in Viral Video

Farah Rafik7 May 2022

BREAKING: 11 Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Terrorist Attack Near Suez Canal

Shereif Barakat7 May 2022

How Egypt’s Most Expensive Top-Up Card Raised Millions

Egyptian Streets6 May 2022