Help free the Al Jazeera staff
In June 2014, an Egyptian court imprisoned Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues – Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. They were convicted of terrorism charges after what essentially amounted to a sham trial. Fahmy and Greste were sentenced to seven years in prison for spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Their Al Jazeera English colleague Baher Mohamed was sentenced to 10 years, due to the additional charge of possession of ammunition. Court proceedings were marked by a complete and utter lack of proper judicial process and legitimate evidence to substantiate the charges.
The three were among 20 individuals charged with offenses that include “membership of a terrorist organization, disturbing public peace, instilling terror, harming the general interests of the country, possessing broadcast equipment without permit, possessing and disseminating images contrary to the truth.” Throughout their imprisonment they have been placed in horrible conditions.
Amnesty International considers these men prisoners of conscience. They have been imprisoned simply for doing their jobs – reporting the news.
What can we do?
Amnesty International has put together a petition to send to the President of Egypt. In it, we can call on the President to use his powers to release Peter, Mohamed and Baher immediately and unconditionally.
“I call for the immediate and unconditional release of Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Amnesty International considers the three men to be prisoners of conscience.
I also call on you to quash the convictions of the three men and any other defendants based solely on their peaceful exercise of the rights to freedoms of expression.
Finally, I urge Egypt to respect, protect and uphold the right to freedom of expression.”
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