The Qatari Al-Jazeera TV reporter Mahmoud Hussein was released by Egyptian authorities last Thursday after spending four years in prison. This decision came a few days after Egypt and Qatar resumed their diplomatic relations.
Arrested in December 2016, the journalist remained in preventive detention for four years for “inciting sedition against the state” and “spreading false information.” Aged 54, Mahmoud Hussein was a producer at the Al-Jazeera in Doha. He was jailed when he went to his country during the holidays. Al-Jazeera had repeatedly denounced the arrest of Hussein but to no avail.
It is worth noting that the Egyptian authorities consider that the Qatari channel unconditionally supports the Muslim Brotherhood. Following the severance of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Egypt - but also Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain - relations were further strained between the two sides.
Reacting to this release, Al-Jazeera issued a statement stating that “no journalist should go through this for only exercising their profession.”