The Canadian journalist who spent two years in a Cairo prison is home, and says he’s excited about the election.
Arriving at the Vancouver airport, Mohamed Fahmy says he hopes to vote, though shied away from naming a candidate.
“More of expressing a gratitude without any endorsement. So yeah, I’m very excited about seeing the results, and like we always want change in the Middle East, I always want change here for the better, and I’ll be looking forward to that day of elections, and you know, out there.”
Fahmy says he plans to lobby whoever wins Monday’s vote to work harder for jailed journalists the world over.
The 41-year-old was convicted on terror-related charges in Cairo in 2013, in what many called a sham trial.
Excited to be in Vancouver
Clearly exuberant, he says he’s been dreaming of this moment since he and his wife made the decision to move year a year ago.
He thanked Canadians for their support, pledging to keep fighting for journalists everywhere.
“I feel like it’s my responsibility, because there’s so much that could have been done in a better way. And I feel really strongly about bringing this message to Ottawa regardless of who wins the election.”
Fahmy was arrested in Cairo in 2013 on terror charges widely viewed as trumped up.
He was finally released last month, and begins a stint with UBCs’ journalism school this Monday.