Yehia Ghanem, an Egyptian newspaper editor and television commentator who would be thrown in prison if he stepped foot in his native country, will become the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s seventh international journalist in residence.
Ghanem was sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor on June 4 after a protracted trial in which he and several dozen other Egyptians with connections to foreign nonprofit organizations were accused of receiving illegal payments from abroad. Ghanem, who was in Washington D.C. at the time of the verdict, had been working for the International Center for Journalists, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing quality journalism worldwide. Ghanem was helping to train professional and citizen journalists in anticipation of greater press freedom as Egypt made the transition to democracy.
To learn more about Ghanem’s ordeal, read this Q&A, “The Agony of an Egyptian Journalist,” by 2011 CUNY J-School graduate Carmel Delshad. The story appeared last month on the website of the J-School’s online long-form publication, 219 Magazine.
The international journalist in residence program, offered in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists, each year grants a journalist who has been threatened, jailed, or attacked for his or her reporting access to the CUNY J-School and its resources.