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Al Jazeera journalist detained in Egypt begins hunger strike

Qatari-owned channel's correspondent Abdullah Al-Shami and over 300 supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsi go on hunger strike against conditions in Egyptian prison

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Dec 2013
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File photo: Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr's studio overlooking Tahrir square torched by unknown assailants, November 2012 (Photo: Zeinab El Gundy)
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An Al Jazeera journalist and hundreds of Mohamed Morsi supporters have begun a hunger strike against prison conditions, judicial sources have told Ahram Online.

Abdullah Al-Shami and 322 supporters of Egypt's toppled Islamist president took action because of "mistreatment and their small insect-infested cells which they can only leave for half an hour a day," the prisoners' defence team said.

Al-Shami and the other hunger strikers were arrested on 14 August when security forces killed hundreds of people while clearing two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, unleashing nationwide unrest.

Last week, a court extended the pre-trial detention of Al-Shami and 512 other detainees for a further 45 days over charges including arms possession and the murder of security personnel, defence lawyer Mostafa Attiya said.

The channel's cameraman Mohamed Badr has been held since July after being arrested at clashes in downtown Cairo. He is accused of violent acts and thuggery.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has listed Egypt among top 10 worst jailers of journalists in 2013. The top three were Turkey, Iran and China.

A report issued last week showed that Egypt holds three other journalists in custody.

Egypt has been rocked by turmoil since the July ouster of Morsi after mass protests against his one-year rule.

The authorities have since launched a sustained crackdown on his Islamist supporters, in which hundreds have been killed and thousands, including the upper echelons of his Muslim Brotherhood movement, arrested.

Morsi himself is standing trial in three separate cases over charges including the murder of opposition protesters and a prison break during the 2011 revolt.

Al Jazeera's offices in Cairo have been closed since 3 July, when they were raided by security forces hours after Morsi was overthrown.

The channel, now broadcast from Qatar, has been accused by the authorities and local media of biased coverage in favour of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

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Eva Viv
06-04-2014 05:29pm
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Please take nourishment! You are precious to your loved ones. Never mind the battle. LIVE!
I am not a supporter of Morsi after he let down Egyptians when in power, not the M.Brotherhood who I'm told want to see Sharia Law in Egypt, which will not be fair to people of other faiths. HOWEVER, I really want to urge Mohammad or is it Abdullah Al Shami to stop his hunger strike. I saw how concerned his brother was on Aljazeera TV news today. PLEASE all hunger strikers it is helping. Please stop starving yourselves. Your lives are precious. May God guide you all.
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Tammy
23-12-2013 06:09pm
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too bad!!
So go on a hunger strike!! Do you really think anyone cares? Great big NO!! to that one..Starve yourselves to death, it is your choice not to eat..So if you die you do not have to go to court, you are saving the government & people a lot of money..So go ahead, noone really cares if you eat or not & your starvation & death will be by your own choice..
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Farhan
24-12-2013 02:26am
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All the fascist criminals are in power and all the defenseless people are being punished for nothing
Every Mubarak era criminal who was involved in killings of people in 2011 is free now, and Military fascists are imprisoning children for protests and Raba signs.
Ali Antar
23-12-2013 06:31pm
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Hunger Strike
Tammy ! You are naive.
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