Jailed Al Jazeera reporter on hunger strike

Abdullah al-Shami was detained along with two other work-mates last August in Egypt.

Jailed Al Jazeera reporter on hunger strike

World Bulletin / News Desk

A reporter for Al Jazeera news network has started a full-fledged hunger strike to protest his continued detention in Egypt.

"I chose to be on hunger strike to send a few messages," Abdullah al-Shami wrote in a message communicated to his family, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency.

"One to journalists who choose to falsify the facts and cover up for violations against freedom and media, the other to the Egyptian junta: nothing will restrict my freedom or break my will and dignity," he said.

The Egyptian authorities were not immediately available for comment.

Al-Shami was detained last August in Cairo during a deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

He was transferred to Abu Zaabal jail near the capital, where he continues to be held.

"I have completed 160 days of captivity without any charges," read the message.

"I don't belong to any faction or ideology," al-Shami asserted. "I belong to my conscience and my humanity, and I don't take interest in what has been said in the local media about me or my colleagues."

"I have made no offense against any human being nor have I participated in falsification," said the reporter.

"History doesn't forget; we are going strong," he added, referring to Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Badr, Mohamed Fahmi, Baher Ghorab and Peter Greste, all of whom remain in Egyptian custody.

"We are witnesses for freedom and will always be remembered as that," al-Shami said.

Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2014, 10:28
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