Mahmoud Abu Zeid

Ägypten

 

Fotojournalist in haft!

Der ägyptische Fotojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, auch bekannt als “Shawkan”, steht vor Gericht, weil er Augenzeuge war, als Sicherheitskräfte am 14. August 2013 eine Sitzblockade am Rabaa-al-Adawiya-Platz in Kairo unter Einsatz von Tränengas und Schusswaffen gewaltsam auflösten. Dabei wurden mehrere hundert Menschen getötet. Shawkan wurde festgenommen, misshandelt und befindet sich seither in Haft. Gegen ihn wurden im Zusammenhang mit seiner journalistischen Arbeit konstruierte Anklagen erhoben. Amnesty betrachtet den Journalisten als gewaltlosen politischen Gefangenen und fordert seine sofortige und bedingungslose Freilassung.

 

Aktiv werden: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/journalism-is-not-a-crime-free-shawkan/


Mahmoud Abu Zeid

Ägypten

 

Photojournalist in custody!

On 26 March 2016, at a Cairo court hearing, an official from the public prosecution directed nine phony charges against Shawkan. Before the trial, Shawkan’s lawyers were denied access to key documents related to the case, including the charges sheet.When Shawkan was arrested in 2013, it was believed he was at risk of life imprisonment. Now, his fate could be much worse as he risks the death penalty. Shawkan was arrested while simply doing his job. He was photographing security forces’ violent behaviour in Cairo’s street protests. He has been in detention for more than two years, in violation of Egyptian law. He is the only Egyptian journalist to have been held beyond this two-year cap. His health is deteriorating and he has been denied access to medication, despite suffering from Hepatitis C.Shawkan should never have been arrested in the first place and should be free to peacefully practice his work as a photojournalist, guaranteed by his right to freedom of expression.

Take action: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/journalism-is-not-a-crime-free-shawkan/