The detention of Egyptian journalist and Sinai expert Ismail Alexandrani was extended for a further 15 days on Sunday pending an investigation into charges of “broadcasting false news.”
Alexandrani, who is also being charged with joining the banned Muslim Brotherhood organisation, has been detained since 1 December upon the order of Egyptian State Security prosecution.
The 32-year-old, a sociopolitical researcher and investigative freelance journalist who specialises in Sinai affairs, was arrested at Hurghada Airport as he was visiting Egypt from Germany to see his sick mother.
Alexandrani published in 2015 a chapter called Violence in Sinai: the State's War on Society and
Producing Terrorism in a book titled L'Egypte en revolution (s) (Egypt in revolution[s]).
He is also a volunteer researcher responsible for Sinai-based topics at the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).
Alexandrani has been a Fellow Researcher at the Paris-based Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) since 2013, where he studies "the future relationship between the progressive Islamists and the Secular Left in Egypt."
He was a Visiting Arab Journalist Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center (February-May 2015) and won the Open Eye-Hany Darweesh Award for Exceptional Essay in Germany in 2014.