Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, is an award-winning freelance photojournalist who was taking pictures during the August 2013 Rabaa massacre. Two non-Egyptian journalists were released, but Shawkan has remained in prison, his health deteriorating. He has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, malnourishment, anemia and depression.
Pressuncuffed.org seeks to encourage and promote rigorous student reporting, scholarly research and debate on the role of, and obstacles to, independent journalism in the United States and abroad. Our website features reporting by University of Maryland students about press freedom in the United States and abroad. It also offers resources to instructors elsewhere who may want to teach classes or hold workshops on this theme. In the near future, this site will become a place for student work from around the country and abroad.
Dana Priest, two-time Pulitzer prize winner at The Washington Post and Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland.