Egyptian investigative reporter Hossam Bahgat summoned by Military prosecution

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Nov 2015

Bahgat has written a number of investigative reports for Mada Masr, including an expose involving military officers

Hossam Bahgat

Investigative reporter, human rights activist and Mada Masr contributor Hossam Bahgat was referred to Egypt's military prosecution.

The renowned human rights activist and investigator reporter was investigated by the Egyptian Military Intelligence after being summoned, according to Mada Masr.

"As per a phone call from Bahgat, he is accused, moved to military prosecution, awaiting investigator," said Mada Masr founder and editor-in-chief Lina Attallah.

According to Attallah, Bahgat is facing charges of "publishing false and inaccurate information that harms national security."

The investigative journalist became a contributor for Mada Masr in 2014, writing prominent stories like "The Arab Sharkas Cell: The quasi-covert trial of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis," "The Mubarak Mansions," and "Who Let the Jihadis Out?"

Bahgat founded the human rights organisation the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in 2002 and remained its executive director until 2013.

In August 2011, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement saying, "Human Rights Watch honours Hossam Bahgat for upholding the personal freedoms of all Egyptians," on the occasion of his winning HRW'S Alison Des Forges Award.

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