He was arrested from his house at dawn on 25 June 2019 before taken to an unknown location. The Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that the journalist’s arrest was tied to “his collaboration with the Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders fleeing abroad to carry out a plot- indentified as “The Plan for Hope”- to bring down the state and its institutions, coinciding with the June 30 anniversary’s celebrations. Hisham appeared before the Supreme State Security Prosecution for investigation into case No. 930 of 2019 State Security on charges of colluding with a terrorist group to achieve its objectives and spreading false news and statements. The Prosecution decided to hold him in pretrial detention pending the aforementioned case.