Egyptian Hunger Striker Faces Death

My latest for New Matilda:

Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was imprisoned for ‘insulting the military’ in Egypt. He’s now in the third week of a hunger strike. Austin Mackell spoke to his family in Cairo about why he’s there

“In fact the revolution has so far managed to get rid of the dictator but not of the dictatorship.” This is an excerpt from the post that cost 26-year-old blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad his freedom. He is currently serving a three-year sentence in Egypt’s El-Marg prison for “insulting the military institute and spreading false reports aiming to disturb public security”.

Maikel is one of more than 10,000 Egyptians put through the military justice system since the revolution began in January…

Read the rest here.



About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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