The Egyptian journalist Tawfiq Ghanem, 67, has completed one year of arbitrary detention.
On May 21, 2021, the Egyptian authorities arrested Ghanem from his home in Cairo, after searching it and confiscating personal belongings, including his phone and laptop.
On May 27, 2021, Ghanem appeared at the Supreme State Security Prosecution over political charges of publishing false news on social media and affiliating to an outlawed group.
During his arrest, Ghanem was subjected to medical negligence, as well as the refusal by the prison authorities to transfer him to the hospital to receive the medical treatment needs for his diabetes, lower back problems, and prostate enlargement.
According to the Reporters Without Borders organisation, Egypt’s ranking on the freedom of the press has declined from 166 in 2020 and 2021, to 168 in 2022, given that the current number of Egyptian journalists imprisoned in Egypt is 71.