Fighting for Journalistic Freedom

Just a reminder that witnessing is a powerful act, and that recording what one witnesses can influence who’s voices are represented in history. This is why journalists are so important: they are our witnesses. In America, journalists are protected by the Constitution, which means at least they have a shot at fighting charges in court, but in Egypt, they walk a dangerous line between recording reality and being forced to pay for the fear that this reality engenders in the government. Mahmoud Abu Zeid, or “Shawkan,” is a journalist, a witness to Egyptian history, and for that, he is in jail.

– via Huck Magazine