Egypt – Release of Mahmoud Abu Zeid (4 March 2019)


France welcomes the Egyptian authorities’ release of photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, who had been jailed since 2013 and had completed his sentence in September 2018.

France is committed to the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists and all those whose expression is part of the public debate worldwide. It is one of our foreign policy priorities and one of the top issues in our human rights dialogue with Egypt.