Mahmoud Hussein Biography
Mahmoud Hussein is an Egyptian Al Jazeera journalist. He was imprisoned in Egypt for four years, without being accused or facing a trial, until his release on February 6, 2021.
How old is Mahmoud Hussein? – Age
Hussein was born in the Giza Governorate hamlet of Zawiyat Abo Musallam on December 12, 1966. He is 55 years as of 2021.
Where did Mahmoud Hussein go to school? – Education
He attended Cairo University and graduated with two degrees in political science and law. He studied political science and law at Cairo University and graduated with honors. Hussein began his career in media as a political editor and later as a presenter for Cairo’s Voice of the Arabs radio station.
Hussein Wife – Family
He has kept his family private therefore no one knows about his wife and children.
What is Hussein Salary?
His salary is under review.
Hussein Net Worth
His net worth is under review.
Hussein began his career as a political affairs journalist for the state-run Nile TV before being promoted to the channel’s chief of correspondents. Hussein worked for numerous Arabic news networks before becoming Sudan TV’s Cairo bureau head. He was a lecturer at Cairo’s Radio and Television Institute, where he taught news production and editing. Hussein became a journalist for Al Jazeera’s Cairo bureau in 2010 after working as a freelancer for the network. When the Egyptian authorities closed Al Jazeera’s Cairo bureau in 2013, he relocated to Al Jazeera’s Doha headquarters to work as a news producer. Hussein was detained on December 20, 2016, shortly after arriving in Egypt on a visit to meet his family. He was interrogated for 14 hours without the presence of a lawyer before being freed. Hussein was detained for the second time on December 23, 2016, but Egyptian officials did not make the arrest public until two days later. Hussein was charged with “incitement against governmental institutions and broadcasting fake news with the intent of creating disorder,” which Hussein and the Al Jazeera Media Network denied (AJMN). Egyptian media portrayed Hussein as a terrorist and an adversary of the state. Hussein was imprisoned in the maximum-security Tora Prison, where he was subjected to physical and psychological torture. He was held in solitary confinement for the first three months after his arrest, during which time he fractured his arm and was denied adequate medical care.
In May 2019, an Egyptian court denied the state prosecutor’s decision to free Hussein. Instead, authorities sent Hussein to prison and launched a fresh investigation into him on undisclosed accusations. Hussein sought to visit his critically sick father in the hospital before the latter’s death in November 2019, but the jail warden denied his request. Individuals who are being investigated for a criminal face a maximum pre-trial detention period of 620 days under Egyptian law. Hussein surpassed 1,000 days of unlawful imprisonment in September 2019. Hussein shared a cell with three other prisoners. He was permitted visitation once a week, and his family became concerned about his health after noticing his significant weight loss.
The Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) has continuously disputed Hussein’s accusations and advocated for his release. The Acting Director-General of AJMN, Mostefa Souag, has described Hussein’s case as “baseless allegations and trumped-up charges.” Al Jazeera established a campaign website, FreeMahmoudHussein.com, on the 1,000th day of his unlawful incarceration. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) declared Hussein’s arrest “arbitrary” on 3 February 2018 and requested his immediate release. The OHCHR investigation found that Hussein’s extended pre-trial imprisonment had “no legal basis in Egyptian law” and brought attention to Egyptian authorities’ actions inability to provide sufficient proof. Hussein’s release was demanded by the International Press Institute and the Amman Center for Human Rights Studies.
The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission investigated his case in-depth and Hussein was freed from jail on February 6, 2021.