Cartoonist Islam Gawish released pending investigations
In this Aug. 23, 2015 photo, Islam Gaweesh takes a tour of Moaez Street in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Gaweesh, an Egyptian cartoonist, who has been critical of government policies, was arrested in the capital, Cairo, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, and charged with running a webpage without a license, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement. The arrest of the cartoonist appears to be part of an intensified clampdown on activists and journalists in Egypt, where many have been detained, questioned and even forcibly disappeared in recent months. (AP Photo/Mostafa Darwish)

CAIRO: Egyptian Cartoonist Islam Gawish was released Monday per a prosecution order after being interrogated over accusations of running “unlicensed an online website” pending investigations, Head of East Nassr City  Prosecution Mohamed Abdel-Shafi told Youm7.

Gawish was arrested per a warrant from the homeland security service over being accused of using an unlicensed website aims to publish “news that could harm national security.”

He was released as he faces no charges, Abdel Shafi added, noted the accusations were directed the owner of Akhbar Misr Network where Gawish is working as head of graphics. When the security forces stormed the network headquarters, they arrested Gawish.

However, other media outlets and social media activists reported that Gawish is still under investigation in the prosecution.

His lawyer Mahmoud Othman told AP that he was accused of “publishing drawings are offensive to the regime.”

Following the arrest of Gawish, followers on his Facebook page liked by near two million users while, and Twitter account was followed more than 84,000 persons. Gawish’s drawings are being published on his website “elwarka” which is now down.


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