Wednesday, May 31, 2017
TRSM 1-067 – Auditorium
Mohamed Fahmy was Al Jazeera English Bureau Chief in Cairo in 2013 when he was falsely accused of being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood—a group designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government. He and other journalists were imprisoned in the Scorpion maximum security prison for over 430 days, living with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and ISIS. Join Mohamed Fahmy as he discusses his ordeal, how press freedoms and ethics remain threatened by states and endangered by media organizations, and the role NGOs, academics, and human rights advocates can and must play for journalists and prisoners of conscience in Canada and internationally.
Mohamed Fahmy is a multi-award winning Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist. Fahmy escaped from Kuwait with his family during the first Gulf War in 1990. He entered Iraq on the first day of the war in 2003 with the Los Angeles Times, and spent 15 years reporting from the Middle East and North Africa for CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera English. After his release from the Scorpion maximum security prison in 2015 he received the Canadian Commission World Press Freedom Award and a certificate from the UNESCO and the 2016 Freedom to Read award from the Writers’ Union of Canada. Upon his return to Canada he accepted a position as adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia in the Centre for Applied Ethics.
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