UBC Okanagan is presenting a special discussion on Press freedom and justice in the age of terror with Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy.
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 will share his experiences as an imprisoned journalist in a panel discussion and presentation at 2:30 p.m. March 5th in the UNC Ballroom at the UBC Okanagan campus.
The Egyptian-born 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.
As part of the panel discussion, Fahmy will share his experiences and talk about the growing threat to a free press and how social media is reshaping reality.
Joining him will be Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr.
Co-presented by UBC’s 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