Egypt: Regime releases political prisoner Esraa Abdel Fattah

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Esraa Abdel Fattah, one of the most prominent faces of the 2011 revolution in Egypt, has been released from jail. The 43-year-old activist and journalist had spent almost two years in detention after being arrested in October 2019. She had been charged with ‘spreading false news’ and collaborating with a terrorist group. Her lawyer confirmed on Sunday that Abdel Fattah was out of prison, hours after the surprise decision to release her. Esraa Abdel Fattah has a long history of activism and played a prominent role in the 2011 protests which helped topple the decades-long rule of the regime of Hosni Mubarak. She was one of the first Egyptian activists to use social media to help organise anti-government demonstrations, earning her the nickname ‘Facebook Girl.’ She was later nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and named a Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine.” (07/18/21)