Islamist thinker Fahmi Huwaidi barred from traveling
Islamist thinker Fahmi Huwaidi - YOUM7/Maher Iskander

CAIRO: Authorities at Cairo International Airport barred on Friday Islamist writer Fahmi Huwaidi from traveling because his name was on no-fly list, according to Youm7.

Huwaidi, a moderate Islamist thinker and journalist who used to write for the Qatar-based Arabic website Al-Jazeera and the Egyptian newspaper El-Shorouk, was not allowed to board a plane headed to Spain as Cairo airport’s passport officers found his name on the travel ban list.

He is known for criticizing the current regime that took over following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

Huwaidi returned home from the airport without further investigations, said officials, who asked to remain anonymous, as they were not authorized to speak to media outlets.

In a May 2 interview on Al-Jazeera, Huwaidi condemned Egyptian media attacks on Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Media organizations, loyal to former President Hosni Mubarak‘s regime, were organized to attack the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Islamic, and Arabic world and to pin charges on Libya, Turkey and Qatar,” Huwaidi had said.

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