We welcome the release of متصدقش journalist Karim Asaad in Egypt. Egyptian authorities should stop the targeting of independent media outlets & journalists.
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On August 19, 2023 at 1:00 am, Egyptian security forces raided the home of Matsadaash journalist Karim Asaad in al-Shorouk, Cairo, and arrested him. During the raid, forces assaulted Asaad and his wife, threatening to harm their two and a half year old son; logged into the Matsadaash platform and deleted two Facebook posts; and seized all phones and computers from the home, in addition to pieces of jewelry and 8,000 EGP. Following the raid, Asaad was taken into custody and forcibly disappeared, during which he was denied access to his attorneys at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. On the evening of August 20 at 10:00 pm, Asaad was released.