Egypt: Predominant filmmaker and activist arrested and detained in Cairo

13 July 2020
Portrait of Sanaa Seif
Image: Portrait of Sanaa Seif / Facebook


Egyptian filmmaker Sanaa Seif has been detained in Cairo after being forced into a minivan outside of Cairo’s General Prosecutors office on 23 June, reported Al Jazeera. Twitter posts from the artist’s sister Mona Seif appear to indicate that Sanaa remains detained.

The activist and filmmaker is also the sister of prominent arbitrarily detained activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah. He has been arbitrarily detained since his September 2019 arrest. Mona has been documenting the artist’s detention on her public Twitter account.




Through her Twitter posts, Mona has accused the Egyptian authorities of “kidnapping” her sister, not allowing for visitation, denying her access to medications and for failing to intervene during attacks on Mona, Sanaa and their mother.



According to Amnesty International, the above alleged 22 June attack on the family (awaiting a letter from Alaa Abdel Fattah outside the Tora Prison Complex) is the reason that they were attending the General Prosecutor’s office in an attempt to file a complaint.

In a statement released by the General Prosecutor’s office, Sanaa’s charges include “stirring public opinion against state institutions” and “disturbing security and peace and disrupting the institutions of the state from their work” report Egyptian Streets.

Freemuse will be following the case closely and calls for the unequivocal release of Sanaa and Alaa Abdel Fattah. Join the call: #freesanaa #freealaa

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