EGYPT / Detained on November 29, 2015
UPDATE: On May 22 a military court in Egypt sentenced Ismail Alexandrani to 10-years in prison after the journalist already spent two and a half years in pretrial detention.
Journalist and youth activist, Ismail Alexandrani, was arrested on November 29, 2015. He was charged with “belonging to an illegal group (the Muslim Brotherhood), promoting its ideas, and propagating false news.” Alexandrani has been held in pre-trial detention since his arrest, which has been repeatedly extended over the past year.
Alexandrani was returning from an international trip when he was detained at the Hurghada airport and was later transferred to the State Security prosecution offices for lengthy interrogations. The World Movement for Democracy joined the Egyptian human rights community, Human Rights Watch, and Committee to Protect Journalists in calling for Alexandrani’s release. In addition, more than 70 international scholars signed a letter calling for his release.
Alexandrani is a well-known expert in Sinai affairs and in Islamic movements in the region. He has published award-winning articles and research papers which have been published in Arabic, English and French. In 2009, he was the global winner of the World Youth Movement for Democracy’s International Essay Contest on Youth and Democracy and in 2014, the Open Eye-Hany Darweesh Award for Exceptional Essay award. In 2009, he was a global winner of the World Youth Movement for Democracy’s International Essay Contest on Youth and Democracy. Click here to read his winning essay for the World Youth Movement for Democracy’s International Essay Contest on Youth and Democracy .
In addition, Alexandrani was the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Visiting Arab Journalist Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, both based in Washington, D.C. Lend your voice and share a solidarity tweet to help #SetThemFree!
You can follow the developments of his case by following Khadeega Ga’far (Alexandrani’s wife) on Twitter (@Khadeega).