Jailed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy is being treated as a potential threat to other prisoners his family says, as guards at Egypt’s notorious Tora prison complex have warned fellow detainees not to speak with him.
Fahmy and his two Al-Jazeera colleagues, sentenced last month on terrorism-related charges, are viewed as “dangerous minds,” and other prisoners have been instructed not to interact with them, said Fahmy’s brother Adel.
Following the June 23 verdict — in a case that dealt a severe blow to press freedom in Egypt — Fahmy was transferred to another section of the prison, along with Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed.
It has been dubbed the “Marriott cell” by Egyptian authorities after the hotel where two of them were arrested last December.
The three were made to wear the navy blue prison uniform marking them as convicts, and are being held in a large cell with seven other detainees, including former cabinet members of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.