April 10, 2017
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), in cooperation with IFEX, have selected prominent human rights defender and lawyer Gamal Eid from Egypt as the Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression for the month of April 2017 as part of the campaign entitled “Supporting Human Rights Defenders and Freedom of Expression.”
Gamal Eid is one of the most important defenders of human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt and the Arab world. He has defended many journalists, opinion makers and political prisoners. He has held many honorable patriotic positions, for which he was arrested and faced political persecution.
Gamal Eid has had an important role in the human rights movement. He worked on spreading human rights culture, and he was known for his courage in defending the persecuted, for using digital expression tools for defending human rights, and for opening new spaces for journalists, bloggers and opinion makers in the Arab region.
On 28 March 2004, Gamal Eid established the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANRHI). Through ANHRI and its website, Eid worked on spreading human rights culture, increasing content in Arabic about human rights on the Internet, and presenting different points of view on several human rights issues. He also worked on defending public freedoms by exposing all forms of violations against freedom of expression and Internet freedom in Arab countries, as well as training thousands of journalists, lawyers and Internet activists on credibility, professional writing, adherence to human rights values and principles, and avoiding publishing crimes, to keep up with the rapid developments of communications and the information revolution.