By Alan Gibson
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London protest for jailed Al Jazeera journalists

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Issue 2435

Around 100 journalists and human rights campaigners protested outside the Egyptian Embassy in central London on Monday of last week.

It was 12 months to the day since three Al Jazeera reporters were arrested in Cairo by president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime. 

In an outrageous attack on press freedom they were accused of offences related to terrorism. In June last year they were sentenced to up to ten years in jail.

The three men were covering protests by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi. 

Hopes they would be freed following an appeal were dashed but the court instead ordered a retrial. 

No date for the new hearing has been set.

The families of Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, sentenced to ten years, and Australian Peter Greste, sentenced to seven years, are appealing for them to be deported to their home countries. 

The third of them, Baher Mohamed, is Egyptian.

They were arrested as part of a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood but insist they were simply doing their jobs as journalists.

They are among at least 16 journalists and up to 40,000 political prisoners currently detained in Egypt. 


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