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Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 14 - 02 - 2019


Shawkan released
AUTHORITIES have started procedures to release photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid — known as Shawkan — who has spent five years in prison after being arrested while covering the forced break-up of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in in 2013.
Shawkan faced several charges including attempted murder, assaulting police and burning public and private property. He will be released under probation for five years, meaning he will have to spend each night in a police station but will be free by day.
Local and international human rights organisations have long criticised Shawkan's detention while trying to do his job. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions said Shawkan's arrest was a violation of rights and freedoms. UNESCO granted Shawkan the 2018 Press Freedom Prize.
“I am a journalist, not a criminal”, Shawkan once wrote in a letter from his jail cell.
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Ruling upheld
THE COURT of Cassation on Monday rejected appeals filed by 241 defendants contesting a Cairo Criminal Court decision to place them on terrorism lists for five years. Investigations conducted by the National Security Agency revealed that the defendants attacked police and army posts in Sinai, causing casualties among officers and recruits. They also faced charges of joining a terrorist group (Sinai Province), sabotaging private and public property and planning to overthrow the regime.
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Heikal's library donated
HEDAYAT Taymour, wife of the late veteran political commentator Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, has signed an agreement with Bibliotheca Alexandrina to transfer Heikal's entire personal library to Alexandria.
Under the agreement Heikal's books, personal papers and belongings, including his desk, will be on public display in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Heikal's family said that they want younger generations to have an opportunity to understand the writer's legacy.
The agreement was signed in Heikal's home in Giza. Heikal's sons, Ahmed, Hassan and Ali, attended the signing.
Mohamed Hassanein Heikal was born in 1923 and began his career as a journalist in 1942 with the Egyptian Gazette. His breakthrough came with his coverage of the World War II battle of Al-Alamein for the Gazette. He later moved on to join the most widely circulated paper of the time, Akher Saa, before moving to Akhbar Al-Youm. A close confidante of Gamal Abdel-Nasser, he became editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram in 1957, a post he held for 14 years, transforming the paper into the Arab world's most reputable. In his later years Heikal produced his series of books offering insight into the politics of Egypt and the Middle East.
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Building collapsed
THREE people were killed and one injured when a residential building in Alexandria collapsed on Monday.
Bodies were recovered from the rubble and transferred to Al-Issaf morgue in Kom Al-Dekka, and the injured person taken to Al-Gomhuriya hospital. The search for further victims is ongoing.
Alexandria governorate issued a demolition order for the building's third and fourth floor in 2013, and a restoration order for the first and the second floor.
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Controversial uniform
NEWS that Egyptian teachers and school administrators may be required to wear uniforms was met with derision on social media.
Minister of Education Tarek Shawki said on Saturday that the initiative was only being applied in one governorate. According to Shawki, the plan was launched by Al-Wadi Al-Gadid governor Mohamed Al-Zamalut and is not a national initiative.
Governor Al-Zamalut issued media statements saying the uniform plan remained in an experimental phase and was not a mandatory order.
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Locust alert
THE MINISTRY of Agriculture has announced its highest alert as desert locusts begin to swarm on the Egyptian-Sudanese border. Rains and floods in southeast Egypt, Eritrea and northeast Sudan have provided ideal conditions for the swarming insects.
Heavy rainfall can trigger massive growth in locusts, and their eggs develop rapidly in damp earth.
Locust control units have been monitoring the situation on the Egyptian border, and have been following locust swarms in neighbouring countries, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Eritrea.
In January a major spraying campaign took place in an area 35 kilometres from the Sudanese border after surveys identified sexually mature desert locusts mating and laying eggs. On 10 February a second swarm was eliminated in the Halayeb area.
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Two foreigners detained
SECURITY forces arrested two foreigners on Saturday on charges of drug smuggling. Prosecutors ordered a German woman and Turkish man to be detained for four days pending investigations on charges of smuggling 11 kg of cocaine into Egypt. The suspects arrived on an Emirates flight from Dubai and were arrested on arrival at Cairo International Airport.


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