Target: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Goal: Release Hossam Bahgat, the human rights activist turned investigative journalist who is being detained for shedding light on the current injustices in the Egyptian government.
Hossam Bahgat, one of Egypt’s most significant human rights activists and investigative journalists, has been detained by the Egyptian military for allegedly “publishing inaccurate and false information that harms national interests.”
The 36-year-old is the founder of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), one of Egypt’s most vital human rights organizations. The group reports on all kinds of social, legal and political topics related to human rights.
After Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Bahgat became an investigative journalist focused on exposing the injustices of the country’s military and government. Bahgat was held and interrogated for nearly eight hours before he could report that he was officially being detained.
Bahgat’s arrest comes during a volatile time in the country where civil liberties are reportedly being violated left and right, and the incident is sure to shake up other media reporting on the government’s wrongs.
Demand the Egyptian military release Hossam Bahgat because he has done nothing wrong.
Dear President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
Your military detained human rights activist and investigative journalist Hossam Bahgat because he is exposing the injustices compelled by your government and the elite of your country. Your term in office was supposed to restore peace and stability to the region, but instead it has made things even worse.
If you truly want to run a free and fair country, you cannot detain journalists for simply doing their jobs. If you have nothing to hide, their stories shouldn’t be a concern. Detaining journalists and activists like Hossam Bahgat is a complete human rights violation. I demand you release Hossam Bahgat because he has done nothing wrong.
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Photo credit: Hossam Bahgat