Public Prosecutor
Hamada al-Sawi
Office of the Public Prosecutor

Madinat al-Rehab, Cairo

Solafa Magdy, Hossam el-Sayed, and Mohamed Salah

Dear Counsellor,

I am writing to you to raise our concerns about the ongoing arbitrary detention of journalist Solafa Magdy and her deteriorating health. Solafa Magdy has been arbitrarily detained since 26 November 2019, along with her husband and freelance journalist Hossam el-Sayed and journalist Mohamed Salah. On 30 August 2020, Solafa Magdy was brought in front of the Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP), to face questioning over investigations into a new case (No. 855/2020). She was accused of “joining a terrorist group”, “spreading and broadcasting false rumours” and “misuse of social media”.

I therefore ask you to immediately and unconditionally release Solafa Magdy, Hossam el-Sayed and Mohamed Salah. I call on you to also ensure that - pending their release – they are provided with means to regularly communicate with their families and lawyers and access to adequate health care. I finally urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those detained solely for carrying out their media work and for peacefully expressing their opinions.

Yours sincerely,