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Egypt: Global media renew calls for release of Al-Jazeera journalists

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Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have now been imprisoned in Egypt for over 200 days.

Media organisations and journalists across the globe this week took part in a coordinated campaign to exert pressure on the Egyptian authorities over the three jailed Al Jazeera journalists.

The 200th day in prison for Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed saw many media outlets taking to social media and using the hashtags #FreeAJStaff and #journalismisnotacrime to build as much publicity as possible and try to pressure the Egyptian government into releasing the reporters.

The Al Jazeera journalists were arrested last December and accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood following the military’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by providing it with a media platform and equipment.

In June 2014, following a trial dismissed by the defendants as a “sham” , the trio were convicted. Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years, while Mohamed received an additional three years for a separate charge.

Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has recently been quoted as saying he regrets the trial.


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