الجمعة، 13 يوليو، 2012

Free Shaimaa Adel

Shimaa Adel   An Egyptian journalist was detained in Sudan, where she was covering the latest protests in the capital.   On 4 July, shimaa had been arrested by Sudanese police forces when she was sitting in an internet café in Khartoum, with Sudanese political activists; in addition she wasn't holding any official papers for press covering.   On 5 July the Arabic-language independent daily Al-Watan newspaper, for which shimaa works, said that she would arrive home next day at 9:30pm, but she didn't show up though.   Next day, her family phoned the egyptian consul and the ambassador there, and they told them that security was about to release her, advising me not to speak to the media for her safety, and the surprise was when they told her that they hadn't met shimaa, as she'd been arrested but Sudanese intelligence.   Family, friends, and political activists started to organize a lot of protests at the press syndicate, Sudanese embassy in Cairo, and at the ministry of foreign affairs demanding her immediate release, but still shimaa didn't return.   Her mother announced her hunger strike yesterday night till her daughter will be back, and after a lot of promises from governmental officials, she hanged up her strike for just 24 hours.   Shimaa, 25 years old, who covered the egyptian and Libyan revolutions, went to Syria where she covered the massacres and sustained a leg injury, is the second egyptian journalist to have been arrested in Sudan.   But the first one, also a woman her name is Salma Alwardani, was released on the same day that she was arrested.