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Toqa Ezzidin

Cairo Governorate, Egypt
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About Toqa
I am a freelance journalist based in Cairo, Egypt. I have been working in the field of journalism for nine years in the Middle East. I have also earned my master's degree from the American University in Washington DC in the field of Intercultural and International Communication.
Arabic English
Interview (Video / Broadcast) News Gathering Feature Stories
Politics Current Affairs Investigative Reporting

Food, Culture and Identity: On the Importance of Rolling Grape Leaves

01 Mar 2022  |  wrmea.org
The article discusses the impact of Western eating habits on Middle Eastern food culture, emphasizing the importance of traditional food preparation methods, such as rolling grape leaves, to personal identity and social relations. It highlights the rise of fast food and its effects on family dynamics, mental health, and the erosion of traditional culinary practices. The article also explores the influence of capitalism on food consumption and the changing language of menus. Experts Antonio Tahhan and Dahlia El-Orabi provide insights on preserving traditional food culture and the empowering process of cooking.

Maison Groppi: Cairo’s Downtown Historical Gem to Reawaken Following Renovations

02 Nov 2017  |  egyptianstreets.com
Maison J. Groppi, a historic café in Cairo's Downtown, is undergoing renovations by Interior Design Studios Alchemy. The café, known for its Parisian style and high ceilings, has been a part of Cairo's history, frequented by politicians, intellectuals, and artists. It survived the 1952 anti-colonial protests and has seen changes through Egypt's social and economic shifts. Journalist Farah Bahgat and student Ahmed Al-Masry shared their hopes and skepticism about the renovation, emphasizing the importance of preserving its historical essence. Groppi's founder, Giacomo Groppi, was a pioneer in introducing chocolates and Crème Chantilly to Egypt.

ISIS Releases Video Threatening Egypt’s Christians, Showing Church Bomber

20 Feb 2017  |  Egyptian Streets
The Islamic State released a video threatening Egyptian Christians and featuring Abu Abdullah Al-Masry, the bomber responsible for the Coptic Cathedral attack in Cairo. Al-Masry, identified by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as Mahmoud Shafeek, made statements about freeing jailed Islamists and future attacks. The bombing, claimed by IS, was the deadliest civilian attack in Cairo, resulting in at least 29 deaths and numerous injuries. IS continues to be active in Egypt's North Sinai, engaging in ongoing conflict with Egyptian security forces.

Gender Pay Gap: Belittling Arab Women’s Efforts Because They Are Not the ‘Breadwinners’

16 Feb 2017  |  Egyptian Streets
The gender pay gap in the Arab world is exacerbated by social norms and legal restrictions that hinder women's rights in the workplace. Women face issues such as lack of promotions, inability to report sexual harassment safely, and the burden of domestic work. The United Nations and the World Bank provide data highlighting the economic impact and disparities in pay between men and women. Feminist activist Alaa Al-Kassabany discusses the social misconceptions that contribute to the pay gap and the challenges faced by working mothers in Egypt.

Trial of Shawkan, 738 other defendants adjourned to 7 February in “Rabaa dispersal” case

18 Jan 2017  |  dailynewsegypt.com
The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of 739 defendants, including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid (Shawkan), to 7 February. The charges include vandalism, attempted murder, planning an armed insurrection, and belonging to an outlawed group. Shawkan, arrested during the Rabaa Al-Adaweyya sit-in dispersal, remains detained despite other journalists being released. His health is reportedly deteriorating, and he has been denied medication. The sit-in was a protest against the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. The Shawkan Photo Awards, honoring Shawkan, concluded its second round and will distribute awards on 19 January.

I’m a photojournalist with no affiliations whatsoever: Shawkan to judge

19 Nov 2016  |  Dailynewsegypt
Photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zaid, known as Shawkan, addressed the judge during his trial, asserting his independence and highlighting his deteriorating health. The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of 739 defendants, including Shawkan and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders, to 10 December. Shawkan's lawyer emphasized the unlawful nature of his prolonged detention, which exceeds Egypt's legal pre-trial period. Shawkan's transfer to a more crowded cell and denial of medication until a court review further exacerbate his situation. The Rabaa dispersal, which led to Shawkan's arrest, is described as a significant human rights violation, drawing severe criticism from international organizations. Local and global campaigns continue to advocate for Shawkan's immediate release.

Appeal for 'Martyr of Roses' killer accepted

14 Feb 2016  |  dailynewsegypt.com
The Court of Appeal in Egypt overturned the 15-year sentence of a security officer convicted of killing political activist Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, granting a retrial despite evidence including video footage. El-Sabbagh's lawyer, Mohammed Abdel Aziz, plans to present all evidence again, while the Socialist Popular Alliance party is closely involved in the defense. Notorious lawyer Farid El-Deeb, defending the officer, argued the killing was unintentional. El-Sabbagh was killed during a protest by birdshot pellets, leading to local and international condemnation.

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