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CIoJ welcomes the release of journalist Mahmoud Hussein

Press Release
Release date: 9 February 2021

The Chartered Institute of Journalists welcomes the release by the Egyptian authorities of Al Jazeera correspondent Mahmoud Hussein which follows determined campaigning by the CIoJ alongside other journalism organisations around the world.

He had endured up to 1,506 days in jail.

The Institute began a daily vigil on its Twitter news feed @ciojournalist calling for his release and marking each extra day of his imprisonment.

CIoJ President Professor Tim Crook wrote to the Egyptian Ambassador in London before Christmas asking the government to show mercy and humanitarian consideration.

He said: “We have huge respect for Al Jazeera for always standing by their journalist and campaigning exhaustively for him.”

He added: “Mahmoud became a symbol for the persecution of professional journalists everywhere. This fight, of course, continues.”

Mahmoud was arrested in December 2016 while visiting relatives in Cairo, from Al Jazeera’s HQ in Doha, Qatar. He was never formally charged with a crime or put on trial.

His release could open the door for other journalists wrongly held in Egypt.

Mahmoud was kept in solitary confinement for long periods, did not receive proper treatment for a broken arm, and his father died a year ago before being able to witness his son’s return home.