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Hisham Allam

Hisham Allam, Egypt, is a writer/producer, blogger and popular columnist, as well as the winner of various investigative reporting awards. His controversial investigations led to his prosecution six times during the Hosni Mubarak era.

In 2011, Allam attracted attention with his investigation that solved the mystery of who was behind the prison breaks and smuggling of prisoners during the Egyptian revolution. He proved the involvement of Hamas and Hizbullah, which led to death threats against him from radical Islamist prisoners. After the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt on July 3, 2013, the ousted president Mohamed Morsi was charged with spying and collaborating with Hamas as a result of Allam’s scoop.

Allam played a key role in the launch of the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Yawm in 2006. In 2012, he helped found El Watan newspaper of Egypt, an independent daily newspaper. He served as Investigations Editor at El Watan until he quit in July 2013.

Allam is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and 100 Reporters org, a media consultant at the United Nations, and a media trainer with ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism). His two years of work as an investigative reporting producer at the Egyptian CBC TV came to an end in 2013. 

Allam has received awards in various countries, including the “Best Arab Investigative Unit” award in Egypt in 2012 and “The Grand Arab Spring Investigations Award” in Jordan in 2011. He also won the “Dubai Press Club” award in the United Arab Emirates in 2010 and the “Best Arab Environmental Investigation” award  in Jordan in 2009.

Allam is working now as a freelancer with IPS, in addition to carrying out investigations independently.

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