Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was just released from an Egyptian prison, already has a place to stay, and an office, at UBC.
UBC Journalism director Alfred Hermida says Fahmy has been hired as an adjunct professor for one semester.
“We’re hoping that in the next few days, week or so, he’ll be here, we will be able to start introducing him to students. We will wait to see how we can best accommodate him, how we can best welcome him back to Canada, and bring him into our journalism community.”
The UBC School of Journalism is “elated” Canadian journalist Fahmy has been released from an Egyptian jail.
Hermida says Mohamed Fahmy will share, educate, and inspire.
“It’s a freedom that has to be fought for, and a freedom that has to be defended. The Fahmy case, the Al Jazeera case, has really focused attention on the fact that journalists across the world face significant challenges for simply doing their jobs. For holding the powerful to account, for asking the questions the public has on their mind, and trying to get answers to those questions.”
Fahmy took to Twitter to say “I am free! Genuine gratitude to Canadians, lawyers, free press advocates & journalists who called for our release. Now it’s party time.”
Almost two years after his arrest with two Al Jazeera English colleagues on widely denounced terrorism charges, Fahmy has been pardoned by the Egyptian president.