The detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein has been renewed for a fifth time by authorities in Egypt to the consternation of family, friends and colleagues of the pen pusher.
Recent video footage of Hussein outside an Egyptian courthouse shows that he has lost weight and looks exhausted due to harsh conditions in detention.
According to Hussein’s daughter Zahra, the harsh detention conditions have left her father suffering from shortness of breath, and severe psychological and physical stress.
Commenting on his arrest and detention, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said: “We appeal for this case to be resolved in accordance with Egypt’s own international obligations to protect freedom of expression and freedom of opinion.”
Hussein, (an Egyptian who lives in Qatar) who will now be held for another 45 day, was stopped, questioned and detained by the Egyptian authorities on December 20 after travelling to Cairo for a holiday.
He was charged by Egyptian authorities for “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos”.
Al Jazeera has rejected all of the allegations against him and condemned those who forced him into false “confessions” made on video.
RipplesNigeria ….without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: Poorly executed classroom projects force children out of school in Niger State
Once a vibrant hub of learning for pupils, Kodo Primary School now resonates a stark contrast to its former days...
SPECIAL REPORT: Shell’s inaccurate data raises questions around efforts to control methane emissions in Nigeria
Much worse for the environment than carbon dioxide, despite global efforts to control methane, emissions continue soaring. With over a...
FEATURE…Missing Rig Workers: Tragedy, Injustice and the Depthwize cabal
The serene landscape of Ovhor in Delta State bore witness to a disaster that shook the nation’s conscience. The capsize...
FEATURE… In the shadow of kidnappers: The story of Nigeria’s albatross
For decades, Nigeria has been grappling with a problem that has threatened the safety and stability of its people: kidnapping....
FEATURE: The falling standard of education in Nigeria today: Whose Fault?
Over the years, education has proven to be the fulcrum facilitating national development in any state. Through education, knowledge is...