Inside The Scorpion
A Journalist's Ordeal in Egypt's Most Notorious Prison
Date Written: 05/01/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20200
The story of journalist Mohamed Fahmy's experiences during their two-year confinement in an Egyptian prison.
Fahmy remains convinced that the torture and prison regimes of the Middle East are universities for future jihadis. He also fears for the future of his own profession. He quotes Adel Iskandar, a Canadian professor of Egyptian origin, on Al Jazeeras coverage of Egypt during the military coup. "Al Jazeera picked a side in the conflict and ran with it," he told Fahmy, "and when the station was unable to deliver coverage from the ground, they relied on footage and reports produced by Islamist opposition groups and armed militia factions. This technique became their modus operandi in Syria where the stakes and the costs are extremely high -- particularly to journalists."