July 1, 2019

The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided on Sunday to detain Egyptian journalist Aya Alaa Hosni for 15 days on case 640 for 2018, on charges of communicating with news channels and publishing false news.

Security forces arrested Aya on June 18 on her way to the home of former President Mohammed Morsi in the city of Sheikh Zayed where she intended to offer her condolences to his family the day after he died.

Aya was indicted for communicating with news channels in January 2015 – when security forces detained her husband Hassan El-Kabany in Tora Prison – until his release.

Throughout his imprisonment, Aya stood in front of Tora Prison with her two daughters in an attempt to see her husband and deliver his personal belongings, which highlighted the abuse families of detainees suffer in Egypt.

During El-Kabany’s detention Aya spoke to several TV channels and the Syndicate of Journalists to demand the release of her husband. Egyptian authorities consider this a crime.