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Al-Jazeera journalists face jail in Egypt

Issue No. 2469

A court in Egypt has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three-year jail terms after they were convicted of “spreading false news”.

The three are Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste. Peter Greste was tried in absentia after he was deported to Australia earlier this year.

The journalists were given sentences of between seven and ten years last year. Their convictions were overturned before a retrial.

Peter Greste insisted, “We will continue to fight this, using any available means open to us.”

Thousands of political prisoners are held in Egypt’s jails.

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