The Fahmy Foundation is a Canadian organization that works to champion free speech and fight suppression of the press.
We provide advocacy and financial assistance to journalists and prisoners of conscience who are unjustly imprisoned around the world. Through public education and advocacy, we work to inspire individuals to take action to support freedom of the press.
In 2013, award-winning journalist Mohamed Fahmy was arrested and detained unjustly in Egypt for 438 days. Jailed along with his colleagues, Mohamed’s battle for freedom received global attention, mobilizing millions to support their cause.
In 2015, Mohamed and his wife Marwa Omara established The Fahmy Foundation to provide advocacy and support for detained and imprisoned journalists, prisoners of conscience and their families. Their personal ordeal has made them passionate spokespeople and advocates for their cause.
“Too many journalists are being wrongly thrown into prison, effectively silencing their voices,” stated Fahmy. “Hundreds of support letters lifted my morale in prison...Our mission is to give back, advocate for, and financially support imprisoned journalists, prisoners of conscience, and their families.”
Today, the Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Vancouver, Canada, with a 4-person Board of Directors.