Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan (born ca. 1987), an Egyptian photojournalist, was arrested for taking photos at the Rabaa massacre 14 August 2013 in Cairo, Egypt and imprisoned during the post-coup unrest by the Egyptian government since 2013, where he faces the death penalty. By September 2018 he had been sentenced to a 5-year prison term and was expected to be released shortly thereafter; he was released on 4 March 2019.
Zeid is an award-winning freelance photojournalist. He started working for Demotix in April 2010. In the wake of the 2013 Egyptian coup d’état, Zeid took photographs of protests against General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. His work has been published in Time, The Sun, Die Zeit, Bild and on the BBC website. His work has also been reproduced by Amnesty International, Global Voices, IFEX, Index on Censorship and Open Democracy.