Egypt : journalist resurfaces in court after being missing for three months

first_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the warped methods used to prolong the pre-trial detention of journalists beyond the legal limit in Egypt, where Badr Mohamed Badr, an Al Jazeera journalist held since March 2017, resurfaced in court yesterday after being missing within the prison system for the past three months. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 6, 2021 Find out more Held preventively since March 2017 on charges of “membership of a terrorist group” and “spreading false news,” Badr should have been freed in March 2019 because, in theory at least, Egyptian law limits preventive detention to a maximum of two years.A court approved his release in late November 2019 but it was not carried out. Instead he went missing on 3 December, the date when the prison administration stopped providing any information about his case, leaving his family without any news of him for nearly three months.He finally resurfaced yesterday when he was brought before a Cairo security court on the grounds that he is to be the subject of a new investigation on suspicion of crimes that were not, however, specified.“As if nothing untoward had ever happened, the Egyptian justice system has reversed its decision to free Badr Mohamed Badr and has brought him back to light after a disappearance of several months,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “To keep journalists in prison and circumvent the two-year limit on preventive detention, they reset the counter to zero by opening a new investigation.”The same procedure was used with another Al Jazeera journalist, Mahmoud Hussein, whohas been held since December 2016. The authorities said they were going free him in May 2019 but his release did not take place and they finally said it had been cancelled on thegrounds that a new investigation had been ordered.Other journalists, including Moataz Wednan, Hassan Al-Banna Mubarak and Mostafa Al-Aasar, have also been held for more than two years in violation of the two-year limit on detention without trial.Egypt is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisoned Help by sharing this information February 1, 2021 Find out more News January 22, 2021 Find out more News to go further RSF_en News February 26, 2020 Egypt : journalist resurfaces in court after being missing for three months EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisoned News Receive email alerts Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Follow the news on Egyptlast_img read more

Tickets Now on Sale to See Annaleigh Ashford & More in Sylvia on Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the Broadway debut of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia. The production will star Tony winners Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White, as well as Robert Sella. Performances will begin at the Cort Theatre on September 25, with an officially opening night set for October 15. Daniel Sullivan will direct.Has your pet changed your life? Have you ever wondered what she’s thinking when she stares up at you and tilts her head? Could she have the secret to understanding the world at large and your place in it? Or is she just more interested in how your shoe tastes? In Sylvia, the world of a middle-aged New York couple is turned topsy-turvy when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine running loose in Central Park.Additional casting for Sylvia will be announced at a later date. The show was first produced off-Broadway in 1995 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, where it ran for 167 performances; this will be the first time it has been seen on the Main Stem. Sylvia Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more