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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has branded the decision of an Egyptian court to free photojournalist Shawkan as "long overdue".

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today renewed its call for the immediate release of Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as "Shawkan" on the eve of a verdict in his case which is expected tomorrow 8 September in Cairo. Zeid has been behind bars for over 5 years following his arrest in 2013.

The International Federation of Journalists has renewed calls for the immediate release of Al-Jazeera producer Mahmoud Hussein to mark the 600th day of his ongoing detention in Egypt.

Writing on behalf of 600,000 journalists around the world, the president of the International Federation of journalists, last week addressed a letter to Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in which he expressed grave concern over the detention of fellow Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as “Shawkan”.