Northern Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release of Egyptian Investigative journalist and researcher Ismail Alexandrani after one year behind bars.
The 32-year-old was arrested upon his arrival at Hurghada Airport in November and has been locked up since.
Before coming to Egypt, the expert’s research findings on Sinai’s affairs found that Islamic State affiliates have penetrated the ranks of the Egyptian army. He currently faces charges of “spreading false news aiming at damaging the national interest and disturbing the public peace” and joining the “terrorist organization” of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In October, Alexandrani was among 22 nominated for Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s TV5 Monde Prize for Press Freedom.