“It was like a Hollywood movie,” said Shawkan. Except the bullets were real. The teargas was real. The tanks descending on protests across Egypt were real. And the 1,000 people who were killed were all too real. Journalist Shawkan, whose real name is Mahmoud Abu Zeid, photographed the crackdown in Cairo in August 2013. For this he was arrested, tortured and jailed.
He is a prisoner of conscience. Urge Egypt to drop all charges against Shawkan and free him immediately.