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Egypt journalists call for release of political prisoners

Egyptian Journalists take part during a protest against the arrests of fellow journalists outside the Egyptian Journalist syndicate headquarters in the capital Cairo on 3 May 2016 on the occasion of World Press Freedom day. [Amr Sayed/Apaimages]
Egyptian Journalists take part during a protest against the arrests of fellow journalists outside the Egyptian Journalist syndicate headquarters in the capital Cairo on 3 May 2016 [Amr Sayed/Apaimages]

Hundreds of Egyptian journalists have called for the release of all political prisoners, local media reported yesterday.

In an official note, the Journalists Syndicate called on the country's public prosecutor, the attorney general and the administration of the western Cairo Tora prison to free their colleague Hisham Fouad, who they said has been on a hunger strike for two weeks.

"Egyptian authorities must urgently intervene to provide the necessary health care to Fouad and save his life from danger," they said.

The syndicate called for Fouad, Hossam Moanis and others to be released as they have already spent the maximum "two years in pretrial detention."

"The continued illegal imprisonment of Fouad and his colleagues endangers their survival after more than two weeks on hunger strike," the statement warned.

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