Egypt: Three journalists released from prison

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Egypt: Three journalists released from prison

Egyptian authorities have released three jailed journalists, the head of the Egyptian Writers’ Union announced on Sunday, amid the release of dozens of activists.

Dia Rassouan, head of the Egyptian Writers’ Union, announced the release of the three via Facebook, posting photos of them with their families.

He expressed the hope that “the rest of our colleagues” would also be released. However, he did not specify how many journalists remain in prison.

According to the Masri al-Yum newspaper, the three journalists were arrested and remanded in custody on charges of spreading “fake news”, abusing social networking sites and joining a banned organization.

Last week, the government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi released a total of 42 activists who had been remanded in custody, according to Egyptian media.

He also re-established an advisory committee on pardons, which had been set up for the first time in 2016 and was responsible for political affairs.

At the same time, President Sisi called for dialogue in the country, another gesture that seems to be part of a process of rapprochement with the opposition.

The commission said it had prepared a list of prisoners to be pardoned on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which begins today. The names of the prisoners remain to be announced.

Thousands of activists, both Islamists and non-Islamists, have been arrested in Egypt since the summer of 2013 when an army led by General Sisi ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, following mass demonstrations. the power of the Muslim Brotherhood politician.

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