Press freedom and justice in the age of terror
What: Presentation and panel discussion
Who: Mohamed Fahmy, MP Stephen Fuhr and Sarah Penton
When: Monday, March 5, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Ballroom (UNC 200), University Centre, 3272 University Way, UBC’s Okanagan campus
Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian-born Canadian, will share his experiences as an imprisoned journalist at a special event at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Fahmy is award-winning journalist and author who spent almost two years in an Egyptian prison, alongside hardened extremists. His ordeal led to an international effort to secure his release, and the lengthy legal struggle made headlines around the world.
Fahmy wrote for the Los Angeles Times and covered the Iraq War in 2003, later working extensively in the Middle East covering events like the Arab Spring for CNN. In September 2013, he accepted a new post as the Al Jazeera English Bureau Chief based in Egypt. Just four months later he was arrested and jailed on false terrorism charges for 438 days.
He was given a full pardon and released in September 2015.
On Monday, March 5, Fahmy will be part of a panel discussion, sharing his experiences and talking about the growing threat to a free press and how social media is reshaping reality. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr will be on the panel and CBC Radio’s Sarah Penton will moderate.
Co-presented by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, this event is free and open to the public. Pay parking is in effect.
Free registration is available at: fahmy.eventbrite.ca