Egypt has released an Al-Jazeera journalist following his imprisonment on accusations that he broadcast “false news,” in 2016.
Hussein was detained on grounds of “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos.”
Al-Jazeera had reported that its senior journalist Mahmoud Hussein was detained illegally as there were no formal charges filed and that Hussein never faced trial.
Al-Jazeera has yet to confirm the developments Thursday night.
On May 23, 2019, the Egypt-born journalist’s release was rejected by a court and authorities, who instead opened additional investigations and returning him to prison.
Meanwhile the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomed Hussein’s release.
In a statement the IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said, “We welcome Mahmoud’s release and his return to his home to be reunited with his family after such a long separation due to his arbitrary detention.”
“Egypt’s record on attacks on journalists and press freedom is shameful and must be condemned by the whole international community without exception. Dozens of journalists are still in jail for simply doing their job and the IFJ will continue working for their immediate and unconditional release.”
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