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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Mahmoud Hussein


Detained Since: December 22, 2016

Charges: No official charges.

Sentence: Not yet sentenced.

Biography: Employed as a producer in Doha by Qatari TV news broadcaster Al Jazeera, Mahmoud Hussein was arrested on December 22, 2016 after returning to Egypt to spend the holidays with relatives in Cairo. For no apparent reason, the Egyptian authorities detained him, searched and filmed his family’s home, and interrogated his relatives. Since his arrest, Hussein has remained in detention in Cairo’s infamous Tora prison complex, was held in prolonged solitary confinement for at least 89 days and has been denied his legal rights. To this day, no formal charges have been brought against him. In June, Hussein’s lawyer called for his immediate release days after he completed what is legally considered the maximum period of pre-trial detention permitted under Egyptian law. This request was not met, and his detention was renewed again in mid-October – the seventeenth time Hussein’s pre-trial detention has been thus renewed.  Hussein has now been held without charge for over 685 days.  

Mahmoud Hussein has been granted TEMPORARY RELEASE pending investigations into charges of publishing false information and belonging to a banned group.

Advocacy Partner: Reporters Without Borders