Monday, 7 April 2014

Justice for the Al Jazeera three: journalism is not a crime - free AJ staff

Thousands of journalists today have joined in protest against the detention of the Al Jazeera staff in Egypt.  They have been unjustly held for 100 days without a full and fair trial.  It is shameful; they have committed no crime.

Peter Greste
Mohamed Fahmy
Baher Mohamed

They should be released, or at least granted bail.

Outside the BBC headquarters by Langham Place, London W1, many journalists carried placards and wore face gags as part of their protest.  The Egyptian authorities will not listen; they are wilfully deaf to the cries for justice and the release of the four men still in detention and being refused bail.  The charges against them have  not come to trial in the Egyptian courts, even after 100 days. It is an outrage and a disgrace.

The freedom of the press is essential if democracy is to thrive and if justice is to flourish.

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