News

Detained Journalist Shawkan Wins UNESCO’s Press Freedom Prize Despite FM Criticism

Detained Journalist Shawkan Wins UNESCO’s Press Freedom Prize Despite FM Criticism

Detained Photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zaid, also known as Shawkan, has been selected  as the laureate of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry expressed on Sunday its regret over the intention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to award Shawkan with the prize. The Parliament also criticized the decision

The Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid said in a statement that the UNESCO is involved in awarding a defendant accused of vandalism attempted murder, further warning against ‘politicization’ of the organization.

Shawkan has been jailed since the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in in August 2013. The international organization of “Demotix” sent an official letter to the Egyptian authorities confirming that the photojournalist was covering the dispersal and not participating in it; however, Shawkan remains in prison and is currently being tried with hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members. Additionally, he might receive a death sentence.

Abou Zaid continued that Egypt has assigned its permanent representative to the UN to file an entire document that includes all the criminal history of Shawkan, stressing that the accusations directed against the photojournalist are not because of a political stance or because of his work in journalism, but rather criminal. He concluded his statement saying that awarding Shawkan with the prize means marginalizing the state of law in Egypt.

Conversely, Head of the Photojournalism Department in the Press Syndicate Amr Nabil released a statement saying that the department fully supports Shawkan adding that there are sufficient proofs that Shawkan was in Rabaa at the time of the dispersal only for journalistic reasons.

The imprisonment of Shawkan has caused international backlash from Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and other organizations that repeatedly called on the Egyptian authorities to release him.

Mohamed Salah Crowned the PFA Player of the Year Award
World Bank, Egypt Sign $US 500 Million Agreement to Reform Egypt's Public Schools

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Saudi Women Take Off their Veils in Solidarity with Feminist Tarif Alassiri

Nour EltiganiSeptember 24, 2018

IMF’s Lagarde: Egypt’s Economic Growth Among Highest in Middle East

Sara AhmedSeptember 24, 2018

Ministry of Antiquities: Baron Palace Renovation Will be Complete Within a Year

Sara AhmedSeptember 24, 2018

‘Misr Al Kheir’ Supports Disadvantaged Egyptian Children by Selling their Artwork

Mirna AbdulaalSeptember 24, 2018

Shubra District Head Suspended After Deadly House Collapse

Nour EltiganiSeptember 23, 2018

Egypt Appeals Court Releases Mubarak Sons, Dismisses Judge

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 22, 2018

EU Looks to Egypt for Help With Mediterranean Migration

Mirna AbdulaalSeptember 21, 2018

Egypt to Receive 56,000 Tank rounds as Part of $99 Mn Arms Deal with US

Taha Mahmoud SakrSeptember 19, 2018
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.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.