Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed al-Najdi
Ahmed al-Najdi calls on Egyptian government to liberate his colleagues Hisham Abdel Aziz, Bahauddin Ibrahim and Rabie el-Sheikh.
Revealed On 19 Sep 2022
The Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed al-Najdi has been launched through Egyptian government after spending over two years in detention, with out happening trial.
Al-Najdi, who works with Al Jazeera Mubasher, the Arabic-language reside tv unit of the Qatar-based community, was once launched on Sunday. He were detained since August 2020.
The Egyptian journalist’s well being were deteriorating, and al-Najdi mentioned that he believed he was once “on [his] strategy to the grave”, in feedback made in a while after his liberate.
Al-Najdi mentioned he suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and different continual prerequisites and that he was once denied healthcare right through the preliminary duration of his time in jail, making it “very tricky”.
The journalist added that he had handiest gave the impression sooner than the Egyptian judiciary 3 times right through his detention, with out being given the danger to ?????? any statements.
He had in the beginning been arrested whilst he was once in Egypt on vacation, and was once puzzled about his paintings for Al Jazeera, in keeping with rights teams. He was once accused of club in a “terrorist” workforce and spreading “false information”.
Egypt has been criticised through human rights teams for crackdowns on reporters and the opposition.
Al Jazeera Media Community had up to now demanded that Egyptian government liberate al-Najdi together with 3 of his colleagues who had additionally been detained “with out trial or price”: Hisham Abdel Aziz, Bahauddin Ibrahim and Rabie el-Sheikh.
Two of them, Aziz and Ibrahim, were arrested sooner than al-Najdi, in June 2019 and February 2020 respectively. El-Sheikh was once arrested in August 2021, in keeping with the Committee to Defend a case Reporters (CPJ). They have got been accused of “club of a banned workforce” and “spreading false knowledge”.
Al-Najdi has now appealed to Egyptian government to liberate his colleagues, calling on those that labored to facilitate his liberate, to “paintings even more difficult” to get them loose. He added that their bodily and psychological well being was once struggling in detention.
Al-Najdi’s liberate got here days after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi concluded a two-day discuss with to Qatar, the place he met the Gulf state’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
It was once el-Sisi’s first discuss with to Qatar since he turned into Egypt’s president in 2014 following an army coup.
The discuss with adopted a travel through Sheikh Tamim to Egypt in June and suggests warming ties between the 2 international locations.