Mahmoud Elsobky is journalist/producer for the Belgian national broadcaster VRT and works as a freelance journalist for The Guardian and Al Jazeera English.

Mahmoud Elsobky

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Mahmoud Elsobky
Middle East

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Chat Jihad

  • Religion
  • Terrorism

The Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Elsobky and the Palestinian television reporter and former UN employee Fady Al Ghorra spent a year searching, undercover, for online violent jihadist propaganda. How is it spread and how the phenomenon evolves now that ISIS is military - almost - defeated.

Congenital malformations due to war and famine in Yemen

  • Armed conflict
  • Healthcare

SANAA - Yemen already suffered from a high rate of birth defects and infant mortality before the war, due in part to intrafamily marriages and lack of family planning, but the hospitals we visited in three different provinces are adamant that there has been an unprecedented increase since the war. 

Is ISIS over?

  • Armed conflict
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Terrorism

SYRIA - The caliphate is shrinking and ISIS is practically military defeated. But then what? Is ISIS a thing of the past? What remains of the terrorist group and what is there to expect? 

The Route

  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Terrorism

TRIPOLI - How much do illegal immigrants suffer from smuggling networks? How do the illegal immigrants get in contact with the smugglers? What is the role of the international community in curbing the spread of this business? Investigative journalist Mahmoud Elsobky searched for answers to these questions and travelled to Libya, Tunisia, France, Germany and Mauritania. There he met with victims of illegal immigration and smugglers.