Health of jailed Al Jazeera journalist on hunger strike is ‘deteriorating rapidly’

Today’s MediaWireWorld roundup of journalism news from outside the U.S. Send tips to Kristen Hare: khare@poynter.org

Egypt

Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist with Al Jazeera Arabic who is in Egyptian prison, has been on a hunger strike for 112 days, Al Jazeera reported Monday, and his “health has been deteriorating rapidly.”

Elshamy has been imprisoned in Egypt for 269 days and during his hunger strike, he has lost a third of his body weight. Three other Al Jazeera journalists are also being held in an Egyptian jail.

“He has started to have impaired liver and kidney function,” Dr Mohamed Ussama Al Homsi, the doctor who reviewed the test results, told Al Jazeera. “All of these can cause big problems for him. This means that his organs are in danger.”

According to Al Jazeera, Elshamy “has been taken from his prison cell to an undisclosed location.”

Peru

Journalists in Peru have been attacked 47 times in the first four months of the year, according to a report from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The report, published Monday, notes that “most of the aggressions were committed by civilians, police officers, public officials and unknown individuals from the provinces where journalists investigate corruption cases related to their local governments.”

Canada

The Province, from Vancouver, Canada, (courtesy Newseum) wins Tuesday with 1. punny headline, 2. nude runners and 3. punny subhead.

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