Egypt: Sinai specialist Ismail Alexandrani completes second year in pre-trial detention

first_img Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News Better known as Ismail Alexandrani, a pen-name he chose in honour of his home town, the northern city of Alexandria, he is a respected freelance investigative reporter, political scientist and sociologist specializing in the Sinai Peninsula’s Jihadi movements. Arrested at Hurghada airport, in the Red Sea Governorate, on his return from Berlin on 29 November 2015, Alexandrani has been held provisionally ever since. RSF urges the authorities to free him and drop all charges against him. RSF also calls for the release of all journalists who are unjustly detained in Egypt. “The Egyptian authorities must allow local journalists to investigate subjects of public interest even when the authorities regard these subjects as sensitive,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Detaining a journalist provisionally for two years can only be regarded as an excessive punishment. We call on the authorities to explain the grounds that supposedly justify repeatedly prolonging his pre-trial detention.” Alain Gresh, a French journalist who has met Alexandrani several times and as the editor of the online newspaper Orient XXI and as a journalist at the monthly Le Monde Diplomatique, for which Alexandrani wrote, said: “It was undoubtedly his articles about the Sinai for the international media that prompted his arrest.” The editor of Orient XXI said: “He was a rigorous reporter and extremely well informed, especially about the Sinai where he had many contacts, while the Egyptian authorities tried and still try to prevent any serious reporting emerging from the region.” Alexandrani’s detention has been systematically renewed every 45 days for the past two years, reaching the legal limit for provisional detention in Egypt. He is held on suspicion of publishing false information and belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood but the charges are not definitive because judicial proceedings have not yet been formally initiated against him. “Everyone who knows him has been struck by the inanity of these accusations,” said Youssef el Chazli, a political scientist and PhD student, who points out that Alexandrani’s tens of thousands of Facebook follows are fully aware of “his intellectual and political aversion to Islamist movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood.” Nominated for the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2016, Alexandrani was an associate researcher at the Arab Reform Initiative in Paris and a guest lecturer at the Wilson Centre in Washington. He also wrote for MadaMasr, Safir Arabi, Al Jazeera English and the Forum for Arab and International Relations. At least 16 journalists are currently detained in connection with their work in Egypt, which is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information February 1, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of Ismail Al Sayed Mohamed Omar Toufic, a respected Egyptian journalist and researcher who was arrested by the Egyptian authorities exactly two years ago today. RSF_en News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression January 22, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Wilson centre Follow the news on Egypt February 6, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation November 29, 2017 – Updated on November 30, 2017 Egypt: Sinai specialist Ismail Alexandrani completes second year in pre-trial detention to go further Newslast_img read more

Hummingbird Bakery unveils Funnybones cake range

first_imgSource: Benjamin C. M. BackhouseLondon-based Hummingbird Bakery has teamed up with publisher Penguin Random House to launch a limited-edition cake collection based on the Funnybones book series.The Hummingbird Bakery x Funnybones collection, which features cupcakes and layer cakes, was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the children’s book. The range is available to order online as of today (26 October).Published in 1980, Funnybones was created by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The story follows a big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton living in the dark cellar of a dark house on a dark hill. Puffin, an imprint of Penguin, has rolled out an upsized edition for Halloween, with a glow in the dark cover.The collection comprises:Funnybones Cupcakes are available in vanilla and chocolate variants for an rsp of £3.45 each to take away. They are stocked at the bakery’s six London branches until 1 NovemberThe Funnybones Cupcake Selection Box (£19.95/pack of six) comprises vanilla and chocolate flavours topped with swirls of frosting. Consumers can order online for delivery or collect in-store from 27 OctoberThe 8” Vanilla Cake (£54.95) features freshly baked vanilla sponge layers and a smooth vanilla buttercream frosting. It is available to order online only.All three feature pictures of the Funnybones skeletons as well as an edible moon, stars and bones.They are available to order via the Hummingbird Bakery website for delivery to selected London postcodes or collection from 27 October – 1 November.last_img read more