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Imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist releases video message from Cairo jail

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:42

May 15 - Reporter said to be in poor health says he is being held without a charge. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Footage has emerged for the first time of Al Jazeera's hunger striking journalist, Abdullah Elshamy, who has been detained by the Egyptian authorities since August 14. The 26-year-old was arrested while covering the dispersal of a Muslim Brotherhood sit-in by security forces at Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike since the middle of January, says he is being held without charge and is being denied medical attention. Al Jazeera said the reporter was in poor health and has lost a great deal of weight. "I have been detained since 14th August in Cairo while I was covering the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in. I was doing my job as a reporter and despite the authorities knowing this, I have been detained for 266 days without any charge and without committing any crime. I record this video after I have reached 106 days of my hunger strike to hold the Egyptian government, the Egyptian judiciary and the General Prosecutor my responsibility, if anything ever happens to me. I have requested several medical checkups from independent sources and yet this help has not been provided. I haven't also had any medical care here inside the prison and this is a record for the history and for the sake of documenting my state and thus if anything happens to me, whatever it is, either my health fails totally, or anything happens to my safety, I hold the Egyptian regime in responsibility of that," said Elshamy. Al Jazeera said Elshamy had been moved from his cell on Monday (May 12) and his current whereabouts were unknown. An appeal against Elshamy's detention will be heard in court later on Thursday (May 15).

Imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist releases video message from Cairo jail

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:42

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