Authorities in Egypt have extended the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein for the 11th time. He was arrested on spurious charges after he was stopped and questioned by the authorities in December 2016, while he was travelling to Cairo for a holiday with his family.
Hussein has been in solitary confinement since his arrest and has no medical attention. He is also deprived of human and legal rights, and is yet to be charged formally.
On January 27, Egyptian authorities arbitrarily decided to extend his detention for a further period of 45 days.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera has condemned all the allegations and criticized repeated renewals of his detention. The network has urged for immediate and unconditional release. Furthermore, the network holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for Hussein’s safety and well-being.
Human rights and press freedom organisations have also condemned Hussein’s detention. The family members claim Hussein is suffering from poor health after not receiving proper medical attention since breaking his arm.