The Marriott Cell

The Marriott Cell

An Epic Journey From Cairo's Scorpion Prison to Freedom

Book - 2016
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"The revealing, widely anticipated story by the internationally award-winning journalist is as riveting as a political thriller: it opens an astonishing window onto the closed world of geo-political power brokering as he takes us behind his headline-generating seizure and 438-day imprisonment in Cairo's notorious Scorpion Prison with leading terrorists; through the love story that made front-page news; to the profoundly personal drama of one man's fight for freedom, supported by Canadians across the country and media world-wide. With a foreword by international human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney. On the night of December 29, 2013, the Egyptian government's anti-terror forces led a dramatic raid on the Marriott Hotel, seizing Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief for the independent English Al Jazeera, and two fellow journalists in what quickly became an international cause célèbre condemned as a travesty of justice. Inside the maximum-security Scorpion Prison, Fahmy found himself with some of the most hardened Al Qaeda and ISIS extremists and Muslim Brotherhood leaders: always intrepid, he never stopped being a journalist, courageously taking advantage of his unexpected proximity to "interview" them and gain insight into their goals, into the feuds between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE on the one hand, and Qatar and its allies, including Turkey, on the other, and surfacing shocking details of torture inside military camps. Thrown into the toxic mix is the complex geo-political power brokering of our Western governments also, which left three men, wrongly convicted of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and "fabricating news," struggling in a terrifying web he describes as "Global McCarthyism" and a war on journalism. Threaded through it all is an inspiring love story, as Fahmy's fiancée, Marwa, used every means at her disposal to fight for his release and his health, even to risking her own freedom smuggling cell phones and messages in and out of prison."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2016
ISBN: 9780345816351
Branch Call Number: 962.056 Fahmy
Characteristics: 411 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Shaben, Carol - Author

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Mar 24, 2017

Al-Jazeera English (not to be confused with its Arabic sister channels) may have a reputation for impartiality like the BBC does, but I will never look at it the same way again after reading this horrifying book. Mohamed Famy, a respected journalist with CNN's International service before being tapped by AJE, gets caught up in the Arab Spring - then when one of his stories for the channel is translated into Arabic without his authorization, is accused by Egyptian authorities of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, leading to a lengthy incarceration, and not just one but two show trials. This book recounts his fight for freedom, as well as seeking justice from the very network that let him hang out to dry. A clarion call for freedom of the press everywhere which is endangered even in free countries like Canada and the United States, but also a warning to choose carefully who you work for - the consequences can be calamitous.

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