Magazine article Screen International

Director John Greyson on Hunger Strike

Magazine article Screen International

Director John Greyson on Hunger Strike

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Canadian filmmaker and doctor Tarek Loubani refuse food to protest their detention in a Cairo jail.

Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and emergency room physician Tarek Loubani have informed friends and supporters through their Egyptian lawyers that they will be refusing food beginning this week [Sept 16] to protest the "arbitrary nature" of their detention by Egyptian authorities.

Greyson and Loubani were travelling through Cairo on their way to Gaza - Greyson prepping a film project and Loubani working on a medical aid project - when they were detained in Cairo's Tora prison.

They have been held there for more than 30 days, during which time Egyptian officials have not provided any reason for their ongoing detention.

Greyson and Loubani's detention could be extended up to two years without formal charges being laid according to new emergency measures put in place in Egypt.

The filmmaker's sister said in a statement: "We know that they did not take the decision to begin a hunger strike lightly, and we want them to know we will do everything we can to support them and get them home soon. …

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