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Egypt: Filmmaker still detained for allegedly spreading fake news

22 July 2020
Moataz Abdel Wahab on the dark background
Image: Moataz Abdel Wahab / Facebook

 

Egyptian producer and filmmaker Moataz Abdel Wahab has been detained on 11 May, on charges of “membership in a terrorist group” and “publication and dissemination of fake news and false data”, reported Al Araby.

The charges brought against the filmmaker allegedly relate to several of his documentary films which were sold to the Aljazeera Documentary Channel.

According to Cairo 24, security forces arrested the filmmaker from his home on 5 May on the orders of the state security prosecutor for questioning. Since then, Abdel Wahab has not been heard of until 11 May, when his pre-trial detention was renewed at the State Security Prosecutor’s Office.

Team One Productions owned by Abdel Wahab, released a statement on Facebook in which the company “denies any link or association with Islamist political organisations hostile to the Egyptian state”, highlighting that the production company strengthen the “emphasis since its creation more than ten years ago on the production of works with cultural and artistic content which contribute to promoting the country”.

تنفي شركة Team One Productions المملوكة للمنتج معتز عبد الوهاب اَي صلة او علاقة بتنظيمات الإسلام السياسي المعادي للدولة…

Posted by Team One productions on Friday, May 22, 2020

 

Human rights and art organisations are calling for the immediate release of Abdel Wahab

The filmmaker’s family is awaiting his release.

Miss you so much dad, hope I see you soon,,My best friend, the best dad ever and the best producer ever!!We have great memories together,,I love you so much❤️

Posted by Zeina Moataz Abdelwahab on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

 

In Egypt, there is “continued excessive use of anti-terrorism legislation by the Attorney General for State Security against any critical, including peaceful, opposition,” found Freemuse in its State of Artistic Freedom 2020 report. Freemuse documented several violations of the right to freedom of artistic freedom, perpetrated in 84% of cases by government or pro-government bodies and individuals in Egypt.

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