a Journalist and human rights researcher at the Arab Network for Human Rights
she is remanded in custody pending Case 65 of 2021 on charges of joining an illegal group
Shaimaa Samy was known for her defense of human rights in Egypt, monitoring violations against detainees, blogging about the January revolution and for her journalistic writings with news websites.
Because of her human rights and journalistic activities, she was arrested from her home on May 20, 2020 and forcibly disappeared for 10 days and then appeared in the State Security Prosecution and She was accused of publishing false news, misusing social media, and joining an illegal group in Case No. 535 of 2020.
On January 17, 2021, the prosecution decided to release her, but she was not released, and forcibly disappeared again until she appeared in the State Security Prosecution on January 30, 2021 and was accused of joining an illegal group in Case No. 65 of 2021, which is the same charge that she was accused of in the previous case.
To time, she is remanded in custody pending the case, and it is reported that in the last interrogation sessions, the detention of the journalist Shaimaa Samy was automatically renewed for 15 days in absentia pending the investigation, although the State Security Prosecution or National Security did not provide any evidence to prove the validity of the accusations against her.