Award-winning photojournalist, Mahmoud Abu Zeid has been released after being imprisoned for over five years. He was arrested in 2013 for covering a 2013 sit-in that ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters.

“I can’t describe how I feel … I am free,” he told Reuters by phone after being released at dawn on Monday.

Amnesty International has more or less demanded that Shawkan no longer reports every night at a police station for the next five years.

Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi assumed power in 2014, democracy in Egypt has been on a steady decline. Public criticism and opposition of the government remain banned in the north African country.

Read More at Reuters

Elsewhere on Ventures

Triangle arrow