Egyptian journalist jailed on fake news charges dies of Covid-19 squib

Fears grow over spread of pandemic in prisons after Mohamed Monir fell ill in custody

A prominent Egyptian journalist who had been jailed on charges of broadcasting false news has died of Covid-19, raising fears that the pandemic may be spreading undetected in Egypts notoriously crowded prisons.

Mohamed Monir, 65, contracted Covid-19 in pre-trial detention and was released after falling ill in custody, according to the rights group the Committee to Protect Journalists. He died in an isolation unit at a Cairo hospital.

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