06/18/2014 10:02 am ET Updated Jun 18, 2014

Al Jazeera Journalist On Hunger Strike Speaks Publicly For First Time Since Release

An Al Jazeera journalist who was detained in Egypt for nearly a year and on hunger strike for 149 days returned to his family on Monday.

After being released from prison on medical grounds, journalist Abdullah Elshamy told a large group of reporters and relatives, "I have won."

"This experience has changed my life," he said. "I am now more determined than before to carry on with this struggle."

Elshamy was arrested last August while covering Egypt's Rabaa Massacre and was held in prison without charge for more than 300 days. While on hunger strike to fight for journalistic freedom in Egypt, Elshamy lost about one-third of his total body weight.

Elshamy called his release a victory for "everybody who is a freedom fighter -- either a journalist, or anyone doing his work credibly and with honesty."

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(h/t: The Guardian)