Mohamed Fahmy is an award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist and author. Fahmy has spent most of his career covering conflict zones and some of the most definitive global events that shape our world today. During his multi-decade career, he has reported for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dubai TV, Al Hurra, and CNN. In addition, he spent two years working for the International Red Cross.
His most recent post as the Egypt Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera International captured world attention when he was arrested in December 2013. He was incarcerated for over 400 days—including a month in solitary—alongside ISIS terrorists and some of the most hardened Jihadists in the Middle East in Egypt’s maximum-security prisons. The Egyptian government charged Fahmy with conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and fabricating news to serve the fundamentalist group’s agenda. Since then, Egypt has faced an international outcry from groups ranging from human rights and press freedom organizations to the United Nations, the European Union and President Barack Obama. In September 2015, Fahmy was pardoned by the Egyptian Government. He returned home to Canada in October of 2015, signing a contract with both The University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan to begin his path of reflection on this life-changing experience. He plans to permanently live in Vancouver, BC with his wife Marwa Omara.
This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute; the Arab & Middle Eastern Journalists Association at the Columbia Journalism School; and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.