Journalist Ahmed Gamal Ziada was attacked Friday night in Giza by two assailants who stabbed him four times, according to his brother Mohamed Ziada.
Ziada was reportedly walking in the Cairo University metro station when he was confronted by a man with a pellet gun, according to his brother’s account on Facebook. When Ziada tried to fight him off, another unidentified man attacked him with a knife, stabbing him in the back, chest, right hand and leg.
Ziada has worked for Yaqeen news network and written several articles for Masr al-Arabia.
His brother deemed this incident an assassination attempt.
“Ahmed had money and his cell phone and nobody touched them,” he wrote. “They beat him but nobody told him give me what you have.”
He added that he was going to be shot but when he resisted he was stabbed four times, and that the passersby thought he had died.
“Let’s agree that this happened to Ahmed because of the articles that he writes and this also indicates who did this to him,” he said.
Ziada was arrested on December 28, 2013, while covering violent protests at Al-Azhar University. He faced charges of assaulting police officers, vandalism and illegal assembly, among others.
In April 2015, he and 12 others were acquitted, while 54 others were sentenced to between one and seven years in prison in the same case.
During his year-and-a-half of his detention, he has staged several hunger strikes in protest over his detention without charge. In September 2014, his family reported that prison authorities threatened to put him in solitary confinement if he didn’t end his hunger strike.
Lately, he has published articles violations and torture by the Interior Ministry as well as other articles deemed critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his regime.
Ziada has undergone surgery and is currently recovering in the hospital.
“I was adapting to the idea that Ahmed would die after he got out of surgery,” his brother said. “He was shaking like he was being electrocuted. I didn’t have any hope that he would survive for the rest of the day.”