Egyptian journalist marks a year in detention - Rights group

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Hussein on Friday marks one year in pretrial detention without proper due process, Human Rights Watch said.

Egyptian authorities arrested Hussein, a Doha-based Al Jazeera TV journalist, on 22 December, 2016, two days after he arrived for holidays in Egypt, his daughter, Aya Gomaa, told Human Rights Watch.

State Security prosecutors ordered him detained on charges of “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos.”

“Mahmoud Hussein, languishing for over a year in pretrial detention, demonstrates Egypt’s deep-rooted intolerance for free expression as well as the unlawful use of pretrial detention as a punishment,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East Director at Human Rights Watch. “Everyone is entitled to due process, and no one should be imprisoned for being a journalist.”
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