Shahira Amin

Aya Hegazy and her husband Mohamed Hassanein, the founders of a nongovernmental organization that looks after street children, talk inside a holding cell as they face trial on charges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and using children in protests, at a courthouse in Cairo, March 23, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

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Aya Hegazy case spotlights Egypt's pretrial detention law

Friday, Apr. 21, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

Human rights activists welcome a proposed limitation on pretrial detentions in Egypt, but some remain skeptical that the amendment would make a real difference on the ground.

Mubarak's release draws mixed reactions in Egypt

Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

While supporters of former President Hosni Mubarak celebrated his release, others in Egypt lament that many activists still languish behind prison bars.

Can Cairo stave off discontent over soaring prices?

Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

Egypt walks a tightrope between reforming its economy through austerity measures without having protests over food prices and food availability tip everything over.

Meet Egypt's first blind soccer squad

Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

Egypt now has four blind soccer teams (the goalies are sighted) and plans to participate in the 2017 IBSA Blind Football African Cup in Cape Verde in October.

Rift widens between Egyptian president, Al-Azhar

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 | Shahira Amin, Contributor

Tensions have emerged in the relationship between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Al-Azhar, with the former promoting reform that the latter finds unacceptable, rejecting governmental influence on religion.

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Shahira Amin is an award-winning journalist based in Cairo. Former deputy head of state-run Nile TV, she quit her job at the height of the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising to protest censorship of her work. She has since worked as a freelance writer for Index on Censorship, Freemuse, CNN and other news websites, and as a filmmaker producing documentaries for UN agencies.

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