The detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein has been renewed for a fifth time by authorities in Egypt to the consternation of family, friends and colleagues of the pen pusher.
Recent video footage of Hussein outside an Egyptian courthouse shows that he has lost weight and looks exhausted due to harsh conditions in detention.
According to Hussein’s daughter Zahra, the harsh detention conditions have left her father suffering from shortness of breath, and severe psychological and physical stress.
Commenting on his arrest and detention, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said: “We appeal for this case to be resolved in accordance with Egypt’s own international obligations to protect freedom of expression and freedom of opinion.”
Hussein, (an Egyptian who lives in Qatar) who will now be held for another 45 day, was stopped, questioned and detained by the Egyptian authorities on December 20 after travelling to Cairo for a holiday.
He was charged by Egyptian authorities for “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos”.
Al Jazeera has rejected all of the allegations against him and condemned those who forced him into false “confessions” made on video.
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