14 November 2018
South Cairo Criminal Court rejected Hassan Al-Banna’s appeal on the 45-day extension of his remand pending case 441/2018. It also extended the pretrial detention of El Wattan’s photojournalist Zeinab Abu Ouna for 15 days pending the same case.
Al-Banna, journalist at Al-Shorouk newspaper, is charged with joining and funding an illegal group, and spreading false news. Similarly, Abu Ouna is accused of joining a banned group and circulating fake news.
Al-Banna and another fellow journalist Mostafa Al-A’sar were arrested on February 4. Then, they disappeared for two weeks before they are interrogated by the State Security Prosecutor. While Abu Ouna was stopped from Cairo International Airport on August 17, as she was on her way to attend a photography workshop in Lebanon.
The three journalists are now held in custody pending a case that includes other journalists and bloggers such Wael Abbas, Masr Alarabeya’s chief editor Adel Sabry, and Shorouk Amgad, among others.
6 November 2018
North Cairo Court rejected the appeal on the detention of El-Watan News photojournalist Zainab Abu Ouna. Accordingly, she will remain in pretrial detention pending case 441/2018.
30 October 2018
State Security Prosecutor extended the detention of photojournalist Shorouk Amgad for 15 days pending investigations in case 441/2018 State Security.
Amgad is Facing the charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading fake news. The case includes other journalists such as Al-Shorouk’s Hassan Al-Banna, El Watan’s Zainab Abu Ouna , Masr Alarabeya’s chief editor Adel Sabry, and blogger Wael Abbas.
29 October 2018
State Security Prosecutor extended the detention of El-Watan News photojournalist Zainab Abu Ouna for 15 days pending investigations in case 441/2018 State Security.
16 October 2018
Abbas has already spent 150 days of pretrial detention.
The case includes other journalists such as Al-Shorouk’s Hassan Al-Banna, El Watan’s Zainab Abu Ouna , Masr Alarabeya’s chief editor Adel Sabry, among others.
15 October 2018
Although detention for 15 days has been decided after investigating the defendant without attorney, State Security Prosecution has prolonged the investigation of the journalist of AL-Shorouk, Hassan Al-Bana Mubarak for another day. This will be the third time the defendant has been investigated for. The prosecution has charged the Al-Bana along with Mostafa Al-A’sar with joining an illegally founded group in the lawsuit number 441/2018. This is after the police forces had arrested the two journalist on Sunday, February 4, and abducted them. The families of the two journalist has reported their enforced disappearance for 14 days to the attorney general, and demanded the disclosure of the current state of the journalists and the reason for their disappearance.