This year’s annual GlobalFest Human Rights Forum Breakfast features Mohamed Fahmy speaking on “Media in the Age of Terror: How the War on Terrorism Became a War on Journalism”
Mohamed Fahmy is an award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist and author. He has spent most of his career covering conflict zones and some of the most definitive events that shape our world today. During his multi-decade career he has reported to the Los Anglels Times, the New Yourk Times, Dubai TV, Al Hurra and CNN. In addition, he has spent two years working for the International Red Cross.
His most recent post as the Chief if Al Jazeera International captured world attention when he was arrested in December 2013. He was incarcerated for over 400 days – including one month in solidarity – alongside ISIS terrorists and some of the most hardened Jihadists is 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 international outcry from groups ranging from human rights and press freedom organizations to the United Nations, the European Union and President Barak 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 now plans to permanently live in Vancouver, BC with his wife.
Tickets are $50.00 (+GST) and include a breakfast buffet, as well as two complimentary General Admission Tickets to GlobalFest's Mexico night on Tuesday, August 23 ($40.00 value).