AWMWC in UK demand the immediate release of Egyptian female journalist detained in Sudan
By Iqbal Tamimi
union in Egypt continued its intensive efforts to release female colleague
Shaima Adel, who has been detained in Sudan since the second of July.
Chair of Journalists Syndicate in Egypt, has contacted Mohiuddin Tetaoy, Chair
of Sudanese journalists, who promised to seek her release through the Sudanese
There were several
other communications between journalists and union officials at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Egypt and the Egyptian Embassy in Sudan and the Sudanese
ambassador in Cairo, in order to speed her release.
Mr. Badawi, Wafd
Party leader, pointed out that Shaima Adel who works as a journalist at ‘Alwatan’
newspaper, will be released soon, following a meeting between Badawi and Ali
Nafia, Assistant of President of the Republic of Sudan.
Badawi said at a
press conference held at the Wafd Party headquarters on Tuesday that the
Sudanese Embassy claimed that Shaima entered Sudan without carrying any
identity cards that proves she is a journalist working at El Watan newspaper.
Director of Arab
Women Media Watch Centre in UK, Iqbal Tamimi, condemned such unnecessary
procedures that reflect harassment of colleagues, targeting journalists and
hindering their work and delaying their release. Tamimi has denounced the
continued detention of journalists and violating their rights for no logical
reason and the fact that journalists fates are always hanging on the scale of
campaigning by media professionals and colleagues to support the release of
detained journalists which make helping detained free-lance journalists who are
not coordinating with media organisations even more difficult.
Journalists marched from the journalists’ union towards the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Cairo, demanding the release of journalist Shaima Adel, who has been
detained in Sudan while reporting on the last events.
family members of the detained journalist joined the march, carrying banners
that read: “Dear brothers, why place us in the enemy camp” and called
for President Mohamed Morsi intervention, while Shaima’s mother announced an
open hunger strike, pending the return of her daughter, as journalists began an
open sit-in at the gate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in solidarity with
their detained colleague.
statements issued by the Chair of Sudanese journalists who said that the
security services told him that the reasons for detaining the Egyptian
journalist has nothing to do with publishing news and that she is under
investigation for another case along with others’, her sister, Fatima, said
‘this is not true, if that was the case, why they did not publish the reasons
of her detention.”.
the other hand, as soon as Egyptian President, Mohammad Mursi announced today,
11 July 2012 through his twitter account that he will seek a pardon from the
King of Saudi Arabia for Jizawi, the detained Egyptian lawyer in Saudi Arabia.
Journalists in Egypt started tweeting, demanding of him to secure the release
of Shaima. Gameela Ismail, a politician and a journalist tweeted urging the
Egyptian President to act fast and release Shima before what she described as
‘Shaima becomes another ‘Jizawi’.