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Egypt: Noted Photojournalist Shawkan Released After 5 Years in Jail

HeadlineMar 06, 2019

In Egypt, authorities released award-winning photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid—better known as Shawkan—on Monday, after five years in prison. Shawkan was arrested while covering a violent crackdown on a 2013 protest in Cairo following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi. Security forces killed hundreds of protesters at the demonstration. Shawkan was tried and sentenced alongside hundreds of other defendants in a mass trial that was widely condemned by human rights groups. This is Shawkan speaking after his release.

Shawkan: “The first night is the hardest. You are sleeping in jail. It is a long night. You are kidnapped from your life and forced in a place. It is a long night. Day after day, though, you get used to it. … I am not the first journalist to be arrested or killed. And I will not be the last. This is our job.”

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