Egypt prison is ‘psychologically unbearable’: Canadian journalist

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy pleaded not guilty to what his family says is a “ridiculous” set of charges


CAIRO – An Egyptian-Canadian journalist shouted out in a Cairo courtroom today that the conditions he faces in prison are “psychologically unbearable.”

Mohamed Fahmy’s call for support came as he pleaded not guilty to what his family has described as a “ridiculous” set of charges.

Fahmy was arrested at the end of December along with two colleagues while working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English.

He faces several charges, including being part of a terrorist group — allegations his family and his employer have vigorously denied.

The trial was adjourned until March 5 after a 40-minute hearing.

Fahmy is being tried as part of a group of 20 individuals who local authorities say worked for the Al Jazeera network. At least twelve of those are being tried in absentia.

Authorities have long depicted Al-Jazeera network as biased toward ousted President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group.

Al-Jazeera denies bias.

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Egypt prison is ‘psychologically unbearable’: Canadian journalist

  1. This is an absolutely terrible situation.
    Any Canadian who works in a third world country for a questionable company(as to loyalties) If arrested, should enjoy the same QUALITY level of “incarceration” as he/she would be given here in Canada.

    Television (cable of course) A DVD player with a good choice of movies, a gym to keep in shape. Good tasty wholesome food.
    We must all complain to our M.P. to have these UNACCEPTABLE conditions addressed at once.
    p.s….If you do not understand sarcasm….that is YOUR problem.

  2. Most third countries consider prisons to be a punishment. Not a rehabilitation “club setting.”(as in Canada)
    IT is up to the Egyptian authorities to decide and approve the charges .As an employee the company (Al Jazeera ) can pay for the defense.
    When one chooses to work for a company whose loyalties could be questioned..they must face the consequences of their choice.