Thinking with Alaa | Khaled Fahmy

Software developer and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has been imprisoned in the Maximum Security Wing 2 of the Tora Prison Complex for the last three months. He was arrested by national security agents on the morning of September 29 as he was leaving Dokki Police Station where he had been forced to spend 12 hours every night — from 6 pm to 6 am — as part of his probation since his release from prison at the end of March after serving a five-year sentence.

Alaa's Birthday!

Monday, November 18th, 2019 


Today is Alaa’s 38th birthday! Since he continues to be held in a maximum security prison in Cairo, we are calling on our friends—and the world—to celebrate him.


Alaa’s work, activism and thought  has always centred on solidarity, openness and inclusive movement building. The fact that he has been arrested again is proof that these principles are the biggest threat facing our interconnecting regimes. 


Argentina's Plaza de Mayo Mothers Declare Solidarity with Alaa

From 1976 to 1984, Argentina witnessed a period of state terrorism during which the military junta “disappeared” some 30,000 people and stole five hundred children from mothers who had been kidnapped. Mothers took to the streets to search for their children. 128 grandchildren have been found and all the officials have been tried.

Today they stood with a #FreeAlaa banner in solidarity with Alaa Abd El Fattah and all of Egypt's jailed generation. 

Press Behind Bars event highlights journalists imprisoned around the world

New York, September 28, 2018--At a panel discussion held today during the U.N. General Assembly, the Committee to Protect Journalists denounced several countries for imprisoning journalists, and others for failing to admonish those that do. The event highlighted global press freedom challenges, with specific emphasis on Myanmar, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Kyrgyzstan.

A Letter that Won't Make it into Prison

Dear Alaa, 

How are you?

I miss you terribly and feel horrible about not having written for so long. But I haven’t been able to write much at all in general. I’m angry at words for how little they tell. I’m also angry at words because they worked so well for me before, and now I feel every word I draw upon carries a bit of the naivety that I have always harbored. So I am angry at them for not being able to grow up, to expand with the cynicism that has filled me.

EuroMed Rights: No Fair Trial for Alaa Abd El Fattah

July 20th 2015

report by observers from the Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) commissioned by EuroMed Rights to monitor hearings held in a criminal case brought by the General-Prosecutor of Egypt against Alaa Abd El-Fattah (a renowned pro-reform and democracy activist) and 22 other persons concludes that Alaa Abd El-Fattah did not receive a fair trial.

International Authors' Letter of Solidarity

We, the undersigned writers, artists, publishers and academics who participated in the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), have been following the case of Egyptian activist and PalFest 2012 participant Alaa Abd El Fattah. We are deeply concerned by the 11 June decision of the Cairo criminal court to sentence him and 24 others in absentia to 15 years in prison (Report, 12 June).

Civil Society to Egypt: Release Alaa Abd El Fattah And All Unjustly Detained In Egypt

The military “interim government” in Egypt is cracking down on virtually all meaningful form of assembly, association, or opposition.

Following the passage of a November 2013 law banning peaceful protest, dozens of activists and organizers have been sent to prison. Among them is Alaa Abd El Fattah, software guru, blogger and political activist.

On Alaa, Learning & the Struggle

By Jillian C. York

I don’t really remember meeting Alaa.  I just remember that, from the first moment I saw him, how obvious his presence was.  We were sitting in a room in Budapest talking to a group of academics about something or other, something about activism, and everything they said was wrong, in Alaa’s view.  He raised his voice across the table, and I was struck by his boldness.

Amnesty: Beaten & Arrested Under New Protest Law

28th November 2013

Index number: MDE 12/071/2013

Egyptian security forces arrested and beat dozens of protesters on 26 November 2013 in the capital, Cairo. At least 24 are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of assembly and expression. The arrests came two days after Egypt’s President approved a repressive new protest law.

Interview with Alaa Abdelfattah while he was attending the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference

This is Alaa Abd El Fattah's final interview before being imprisoned by the Egyptian military, conducted while he was attending the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference ( Shortly after his return to Egypt, Alaa was jailed for refusing to answer questions from an illegitimate military court on trumped up charges of incitement. Alaa's case represents a far greater injustice -- at least 12,000 Egyptian citizens have stood before a tribunal since the overthrow of Mubarak.