Egyptian authorities arrested Solafa Madgy in Cairo on Nov. 26, 2019. The following day she was criminally charged with being a member of a banned group and with spreading false news, according to the press freedom organization Committee to Protect Journalists.
“Solafa Magdy, who is in prison for her work focusing on social justice issues in Egypt, is experiencing one of the heaviest tolls a journalist may face for their work,” Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, told VOA.
Pauline Beugnies, a Belgian filmmaker and friend of Magdy’s, said that the journalist, who is in pretrial detention in Cairo, doesn’t know about the award.
Magdy was one of four journalists recognized Wednesday with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 30th Courage in Journalism award.