Making the most of my 438 days in an Egyptian prison
In a riveting interview conducted by Riaz Meghji, Mohamed Fahmy recounts tales of his imprisonment in Egypt, the importance of journalism and what this means to each of us in today’s society.
Mohamed Fahmy has spent most of his career covering conflict zones and some of the most definitive global events that shape our world today. An award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist and author, he has reported for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Dubai TV, Al Hurra and CNN. He also spent two years working for the International Red Cross.
His most recent post as the Egypt Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera International captured world attention when he was arrested in December 2013. He was incarcerated for over 400 days — including a month in solitary — alongside ISIS terrorists and some of the most hardened Jihadists in the Middle East. The Egyptian government charged Fahmy with conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and fabricating news to serve the fundamentalist group’s agenda. Facing intense international pressure, the Egyptian Government pardoned Mohamed in September 2015, clearing the way for his return to Canada and sending him down a path of reflection on this life-changing experience.
Mr. Fahmy also serves as the W. Maurice Young Centre Visiting Fellow in Applied Ethics and as a Global Reporting Journalist in Residence at UBC.