UBC welcomes the news of Mohamed Fahmy’s release from an Egyptian prison today and looks forward to him joining UBC later this year.
Fahmy, former Cairo bureau chief for Al Jazeera’s English network, was released today after a pardon from Egyptian President Sisi following a lengthy imprisonment. Fahmy will spend a semester at UBC, serving as the W. Maurice Young Centre Visiting Fellow in Applied Ethics and as a Global Reporting Journalist in Residence.
“We are thrilled to hear the news today of Mohamed Fahmy’s pardon and release,” said Interim President Martha Piper. “We look forward to welcoming him to UBC’s Vancouver campus this fall. Mohamed’s resiliency during this ordeal is an inspiration to us all.”
Fahmy has long captured the attention of international media and underscored the challenges of reporting in a constantly changing political environment like Egypt.
As Global Reporting Journalist in Residence, Fahmy will be sharing his experiences and his reflections on the state of the Middle East with students and faculty throughout campus.
An official start date has yet to be determined.