Egypt on Monday freed a prominent photojournalist who had spent five and a half years in prison for taking pictures during a crackdown in 2013 that culminated in the killing of more than 800 protesters. The photojournalist, Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, was returned to his family home in Cairo, where he vowed to continue working despite a five-year probation that requires him to spend every night at a police station. "I can't describe how I feel," he told Reuters soon after his release at dawn. Mr. Abou Zeid was probably the best-known of the dozens of Egyptian journalists jailed under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has slowly suffocated free speech since he came to power in 2013. Mr. el-Sisi has muzzled critical news outlets and, of late, expelled or refused entry to foreign reporters.
In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, Greek photojournalist Yannis Behrakis looks on during a visit at Normandy, France. Yannis Behrakis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, has died. His death Saturday, March 2, 2019 was confirmed by his employers, Reuters, where he had worked since 1987. Behrakis had long been ill with cancer. In this photo taken on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, Greek photojournalist Yannis Behrakis works at a refugee camp set up by the Tunisian army, at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia.
David Gilkey, an NPR journalist whose photographs chronicled decades of global events, died in Afghanistan on Sunday. Zabihulla Tamanna, who was working as an interpreter for NPR, was also killed. The two were accompanying a unit in the Afghan army when it was hit by shelling. Reporter Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva, who was documenting the group's reporting trip on Twitter, were also traveling with Gilkey and Tamanna but were unhurt, according to an NPR press release. "David has been covering war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.
A South African photojournalist has been kidnapped in northern Syria while working for aid group Gift of the Givers, the charity said. Shiraaz Mohamed, from Johannesburg, was taken by unidentified armed men on Tuesday as he tried to leave the country with other members of the group through the border with Turkey. Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, said Mohamed, 38, was taken to an unknown location after being stopped on the road near the border by the men. They removed Mohamed from the car at gunpoint after questioning the other members about his identity. They were then blindfolded and driven to a different location before being told that Mohamed would be questioned due to an unknown "misunderstanding", and would return within two days.
Last Friday, Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina and began its slow move inland, causing massive flooding through the region. In the days leading up to the storm's arrival, while everyday citizens were evacuating their homes or making the decision to shelter in place, photojournalists were plotting how they would cover the story. Logan Cyrus, a freelancer based in Charlotte, North Carolina who often shoots for AFP, learned that he would be covering Florence on September 8. He started shooting on September 10, four days before the storm made landfall to document the preparations. His end date was ambiguous.