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Egypt was ruled by the Mubarak dictatorship for 30 years before the people managed to overthrow him in 2011.
Today PEN Canada voiced concern for the Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy who has been referred, to trial, along with 19 of his colleagues, on charges linked to terrorism. News reports indicate that this is the first time journalists in Egypt have been referred to trial on such charges.
On December 29, 2013, Fahmy and his colleagues -- Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed -- were taken into custody after authorities raided the offices of Al Jazeera English. On January 29, 2014, after being detained for one month, Fahmy was charged with allegedly "assisting a terrorist organization" and "spreading false news that endangers national security." His colleagues face similar charges for allegedly belonging to or assisting the Muslim Brotherhood.
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The military-dominated regime that seized power in Egypt in July 2013 has escalated its attacks on freedom and democracy in the country. A series of pronouncements were issued in late December, including the banning of the country's largest political movement -- the Muslim Brotherhood. By all evidence, Egypt's economic and military elite are taking the country back to the darkest days of the rule of former dictator Hosni Mubarak or even farther into the abyss.
Family, friends and supporters celebrated the news that London emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani and Toronto filmmaker and activist John Greyson were freed on Saturday from the Cairo prison where they have been held without charge since Aug 16. The Canadian government shared a statement upon their release, indicating that they were facilitating the departure of the two from Egypt.
The support campaign for John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, two Canadians unjustly detained by the coup regime in Egypt for over 40 days, has released a statement from the two men explaining the events leading up to their arrest, detention and abuse by Egyptian authorities. To follow updates on the campaign visit the website created by friends and family: http://tarekandjohn.com/
Once again Conservative ideology has trumped what's right.
Prominent Toronto filmmaker/professor John Greyson and London, Ontario, physician/professor Tarek Loubani have been locked up in an Egyptian jail for nearly 40 days.
After a prosecutor recently extended their detention by 15 days, these two courageous individuals launched a hunger strike demanding their release or to at least be allowed two hours a day in the fenced-in prison yard.