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EGYPT: Shawkan

Egypt

1000+ days in jail for taking a photo

Photojournalist Shawkan was arrested, tortured and jailed for taking photos during angry demonstrations in the centre of Cairo on 14 August 2013 after the government had thrown the former president out of office. The many charges against him include “disturbing public peace” and “joining a criminal gang”. His trial is ongoing. If he is found guilty, he could be sentenced to death. It’s been three years since Shawkan was jailed. When he appeared in court in May, he told the judge: “Taking pictures isn’t a crime.” He’s right. Urge Egypt to drop all charges against Shawkan and free him immediately.

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  • Jailed for taking pictures, if found guilty he could face the death penalty.

Nabil Sadek
Office of the Public Prosecutor
Madinat Al-Rihab
Madinat Al-Rihab
Egypt

egyptemb@sympatico.ca

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