Mohamed Fahmy spent 438 days in an Egyptian prison— accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood (designated as a terrorist group) and of fabricating news broadcast on Al Jazeera. He was unjustly convicted and imprisoned in the Tora maximum-security prison where he spent a month in solitary confinement with a broken shoulder. He was pardoned of all charges and released in 2015 following international outcry over the charges against him
Onstage, he talks about Middle East politics, ISIS, free speech, and the ongoing struggle for universal human rights.
Mohamed escaped from Kuwait with his family during the first Gulf War in 1990. He entered Iraq on the first day of the war in 2003 with the Los Angeles Times. He spent 15 years reporting from the Middle East and North Africa for CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera English, and completed a one-year stint in 2007 with the International Committee for the Red Cross protecting the rights of political prisoners, the missing, and refugees in Beirut-Lebanon.
In 2011 he won the Peabody award for his reporting with CNN and its coverage of the Arab Spring. In the same year he won the Tom Renner investigative reporting award for producing the documentary Death in the Desert. The film was part of the CNN Freedom Project series that exposed the organized crime rings operating the illegal human trafficking of Sub-Saharan Africans to Israel through Sinai-Egypt.
He co-authored Egyptian Freedom Story, a photo documentary of the January 25 revolution of 2011. In September 2013, he accepted a new post as the Al Jazeera English Egypt Bureau Chief.Upon his arrival to Vancouver, Mohamed Fahmy accepted a job as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.
Upon his arrival to Vancouver, Mohamed Fahmy accepted a job as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.
In 2015, Mohamed co-founded the Fahmy Foundation for Free Press in 2015 to help journalists imprisoned worldwide, and he is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression.
In January 2016 he collaborated with Amnesty International and various Canadian lawyers in writing a 12-point protection charter to improve consular services and better protect Canadians and journalists imprisoned or risking arrest abroad, and presented it to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
His new book The Marriott Cell, documenting his wrongful incarceration in Egypt. The book contains exclusive interviews he conducted behind bars with political prisoners and extremists that provides the reader with rare insights on the terrorism dominating our headlines. It is currently being be developed into a feature film by The Development Partnership in the United Kingdom.