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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt (CNN)
Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world. The Guardian Former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohammed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years, respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years. NYT Prosecutors accused the three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in order to bring down Egypt’s military-backed government. But the prosecutors have not publicly disclosed any evidence that the journalists either conspired with the Brotherhood or broadcast false news. HuffPost / AP “I swear they will pay for this,” Fahmy, who was Al Jazeera English’s acting Cairo bureau chief, shouted angrily from the defendants’ cage after the sentences were announced in the Cairo court Monday. Greste, a correspondent, raised his fists in the air. “They just ruined a family,” said Fahmy’s brother Adel, who was attending the session. He said they would appeal the verdict but added that he had little faith in the system. “Everything is corrupt,” he said. Al Jazeera Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdicts defied “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” adding, “[Monday] three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. ‘Guilty’ of covering stories with great skill and integrity. ‘Guilty’ of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.” The Washington Post The verdict was delivered in a brief session at a courtroom in the Tora prison complex, where the detainees have been imprisoned for nearly six months.

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USA TODAY Reporters Win Environmental Reporting Award

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting yesterday announced the winners of its Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment — USA TODAY‘s Blake Morrison and Brad Heath. The reporters snagged the top prize, and $75,000, for their investigative series “The Smokestack Effect,” which examined industrial pollution near schools.

Three groups of reporters also received special merit awards and $5,000: Tad Fettig, Karena Albers and Veronique Bernard of kontentreal, for their six-part series about global transportation “e2: transport,” which ran on PBS; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger for their series “Chemical Fallout”; and author Andrew Nikiforuk for his book “Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent.”

The prize was founded by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham in 2005 through the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which supports environmental research and conservation programs around the world.

The prizes winners will give an overview of their award-winning work at the 2009 Grantham Prize Seminar in October in Washington, D.C.

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