The Interview

Ex-Al Jazeera journalist Fahmy recalls Egypt prison ordeal

Two years ago, former Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy was arrested alongside two colleagues, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, at a hotel in Cairo. Following a Kafkaesque trial, the three were found guilty of “supporting terrorism” among other charges.


Greste, an Australian national, was deported from the country in February. Fahmy and Mohamed were pardoned by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in September and freed from prison after more than 400 days behind bars.

Fahmy, who had dual Egyptian-Canadian citizenship, was stripped of his Egyptian nationality after his release. He now lives with his wife Marwa in Vancouver, Canada, where the couple have founded the Fahmy Foundation, an organisation that defends journalists imprisoned around the world.

He sat down with FRANCE 24’s Tom Burges Watson to discuss his incarceration and newfound freedom.

Click on the video player above to see the full interview.

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