On the sidelines of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.. This is how i got a passport for my wife who’s sentenced to death from the Egyptian Embassy in Istanbul

I am an Egyptian producer and journalist , I arrived in Istanbul in 2013, four months after the military coup in Egypt

I was a producer of political programs in a channel that supports this coup. There was no direct danger for me and I was in excellent position in Egypt. I was not a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood at the time of their rule, but I never wanted to be a media arm of a regime that came on the back of a tank.

In Istanbul, more Egyptians and Arab dissidents came and started to establish TV channels of opposition, exploiting of the “tolerance by the Turkish authorities” of what we do. but we knew for certain that we are working in these channels informally and without official protection, We broadcast through the Internet to outside of the borders of Turkey and then to satellites, , so it was OK

But the problems started quickly. After arriving in Turkey only one month, I lost my passport in the hustle of Istanbul!

An Egyptian opposition journalist working for an unlicensed opposition channel in Istanbul without a passport. so i was sentenced to life imprisonment in Istanbul, and the solution? You must go to the Egyptian Consulate in Istanbul to obtain a new passport

The first thing that will be told to you by the Arabs and the Egyptians living there is “It’s dangerous. Do not go.” This is obvious in Turkey

I was not sentenced to any political penalty by the Egyptian regime yet so I decided to go, to be honest the consular work was respectful and just the normal routine, fill out the form, write your data, and then wait, wait for what? The security clearance from Egypt to get your passport, well I will wait, i waited .. Two years and one month, during this period I met and got married to my wife Asmaa al-Khatib, the reporter of Rassd network, we made contraction of marriage at the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul by the consul himself. it was a few months after Asmaa was She was sentenced to death by hanging in absentia in case Al Sisi Leaks, it was a pure journalism work , but she Egyptian authorities considered it an Intelligence work with Qatar

On my wedding day , I was an announcer in the channel that I co-founded in Istanbul against al Sisi . My best men were: Osama Gaweesh, the announcer who also broadcast Al sisi’s office Leaks on a the same channel one week before my marriage. and Hossam El Shorbagy, the presenter of the Sinai program on the channel of also, who was attacked by the Egyptian regime’s Media because of the human rights violations news conveyed by Hossam from Sinai at the beginning of the war in 2014

So it was the four of us in the middle of the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul , I got married and we celebrated inside the consulate and we went out with absolutely no problems , it was February 14, 2015

3 years later , exactly , on February 14, 2018 , i was working as a program manager for El Sharq TV channel “Egyptian opposition also , liberal orientation” and sat in my office in the editorial hall to be surprised of Professor Gamal Khashoggi himself, accompanied by the Chairman of the Board Dr. Ayman Nour on a visit to us

his visit was a tour to the channel, Professor Jamal and Dr. Ayman Nour have an old friendship and a common ideological orientation. I was very enthusiastic about the visit and explained to Jamal the mechanism of work in the editors’ room. He was happy about it , so i joked with him saying, “so you think there’s any hope?”
He replied quietly and seriously but yet smiling:”there is always hope”

During these years, I developed a personal relations with a number of Egyptian consulate staff in Istanbul, which I knew for certain “and they were not hiding”that they were somehow affiliated with the Egyptian General Intelligence.

During this period, I was trying to find a solution for the issuance of the Asmaa passport after it expired , And also to issue passports for my two sons who were born in Istanbul. In this journey I met many of those whom passports had also expired. From the young guys who were refused by the consulate because they did not perform compulsory military service in Egypt, The famous opposition TV Hosts that are deeply hated by the Egyptian regime and those were too afraid to come a mile close to the consulate

The summary of this journey that I find today logically after the death of Professor Jamal Khashoggi are concluded in a number of tips given to me by a consular officer on the day I received my passport in 2015:

Egyptian journalist and TV presenter , now #AsylumSeeker in Seoul south korea