Egyptian protest in Tahrir square for release of Journalist Shaimaa Adel in Sudan

Egyptian protest in Tahrir square for release of Journalist Shaimaa Adel in Sudan

Cairo : Egypt | Jul 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM PDT
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A protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Egyptian protest in Tahrir square Friday July 14 for release of Egyptian reporter held in Sudan ,The Egyptian journalist Shaimaa Adel was arrested in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on 3 July when she was covering the anti-regime protests against the regime of president Omar-Al-Bashir. Later on, the Sudanese authorities announced she was detained for reasons that are not related to journalism.

A number of journalists and human rights activists held a demonstration Thursday July 13 in front of the Journalist Syndicate followed by a march to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and outside the Sudanese embassy in downtown Cairo calling for her release.

The Egyptian press syndicate called on Sudan to free Adel, 25, a journalist for El-Watan independent newspaper while dozens of Egyptian and Arab rights organization are calling on the Sudanese government to respect international protocols that protect journalists in conflict zones.

The daily newspaper Al Watan reporters, Shaimaa Adel spoke with her mother for few minutes, saying she was well-treated by the Sudanese authorities. and she said in a phone call that the Egyptian Embassy in Sudan has not intervened to secure her release, will discuss this with the Foreign Ministry when she returns to Egypt. Shaimaa explained that she was detained for reporting without a journalism license, adding that she was waiting for the permit on the day she was arrested.

Journalists Syndicate head Mamdouh al-Wali said.Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo promised that Adel would be released next week.

Shaimaa Adel's mother had started a sit-in, going on hunger strike outside the Sudanese Embassy in Garden City until Sudanese authorities release their daughter safely.

"Last Tuesday, I learnt from the TV that my daughter had been detained. I phoned her Editor-in-Chief who told me that he had called the Egyptian Ambassador in Khartoum, who assured him that Shaimaa would be freed within a few hours," says Hajja Ibtisam, Shaimaa's mother Adel’s mother added that her daughter was only guilty of doing her job.

Shaimaa Adel is the the second Egyptian reporter to be arrested in Sudan and deported to Cairo while covering protests against the regime in Khartoum, A few days before Adel’s arrest, Sudanese authorities had released Salma ElWardany, an Egyptian reporter working for Bloomberg news.

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Egyptian protest in Tahrir square for release of Journalist Shaimaa Adel in Sudan
Falconcrest is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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