Veteran Egyptian Journalist
Shahira Amin currently works as the Cairo Correspondent for Index on Censorship, a UK-based free expression portal. She was formerly Deputy Head of state-sponsored Nile TV but resigned her post during the January 25, 2011 uprising in protest at the channel’s censorship of her work. A longtime contributor to CNN’s Inside Africa, she has filed feature stories on African refugees, child marriages, FGM and domestic violence among many others.
In May 2011, Amin broke the story on CNN on virginity tests performed by the military on female detainees after she got the first admission from a senior military general that the checks had been performed.
She has also worked as a UN Consultant , producing documentaries on projects that help alleviate poverty and empower women economically, socially and politically. Amin has been recognized by UNICEF for her work promoting children’s rights and gender equality.
She has won several awards including Spain’s Julio Anguita Parrado Award for journalism 2012, AUC’s Catalyst for Change Award 2011, Sweden’s Holmes of the Year Award 2011 and the Global Thinkers Forum Excellence in promoting gender equity award.
BASED IN: Cairo
LANGUAGES: English, Arabic and French.
Shahira’s articles on Index on Censorship
VIDEOS OF SHAHIRA