Saturday, October 3, 2015

Where is Massouny ?

On 26 June 2015, Mostafa Massouny was staying with his friends in downtown Cairo. At the
Where is Mostafa Massuny? 
evening, the young film editor went to get some food for him and his friends. He has never been seen since then.
For nearly two weeks , his families and friends failed to find him searching in hospitals , morgues, prisons and police stations. In the end his family found a friend of a friend who works in Egypt’s National Security “NS” and told them Massouny was arrested and detained for a couple of days at the NS at Lazghouli street in Cairo and he would be released. That friend of friend warned the family of contacting media or his activist friends.
Days passed and became weeks, weeks passed and became months and Mostafa Massouny did not show and has not been released from his alleged detention.
For three month and week, Massouny has just vanished with no what so ever official trace.
I know Mostafa Massouny as a tweep and protester in 2011. He was once arrested , detained and beaten while covering an anti-SCAF protest in Aswan in July 2011. Then he was arrested later in August from the same year briefly at Tahrir square as the military police was dispersing a sit-in there.
After 2011 , the young graduate of faculty engineering had left politics and activism altogether and focused on his work as a video editor. For 3 years Massouny was focusing on his work with no reportedly political activity.

Now he has disappeared with no trace since June. Many activists and protesters disappeared forcibly as you remember in June including Esraa El-Taweel and her friends.
Mostafa Massouny 

The scary thing is that many of those activists and protesters resurfaced again in a way or another.

whether they were referred to prosecution like in case of Esraa El-Taweel and her friends or they were released pending investigations like in case of many of April 6 Youth members in June.

But now Massouny has vanished for more than 3 months. This is alarming. I hope that he is okay.
By the way despite all the hardships, Massouny and Esraa El-Taweel are lucky that they got friends in the media that can create a noise about their disappearance as well their arrest but there are others like them we do not know about as it seems.

Also I am fed up with people saying Massouny has no political activity and so should not disappear like that as if political activists can disappear like that !! No one should be forcibly disappeared in that way even if he or she is criminal. Law and Constitution are clear.
Forcible disappearance is unconstitutional and illegal officially in Egypt. This is a fact. 

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