Al Jazeera has published a letter from correspondent Peter Greste, who is one of three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt and accused of spreading lies harmful to state security and joining a terrorist group.
Greste, who was arrested along with colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed on December 29, writes that he chose to speak out because remaining silent “validates an attack not just on me and my two colleagues but on freedom of speech across Egypt.”
I am in Tora prison – a sprawling complex in the south of the city where the authorities routinely violate legally enshrined prisoners’ rights, denying visits from lawyers, keeping cells locked for 20 hours a day (and 24 hours on public holidays) and so on. But even that is relatively benign compared to the conditions my colleagues are being held in.
Fahmy and Baher have been accused of being Muslim Brotherhood members, So they are being held in the far more draconian “Scorpion prison” built for convicted terrorists. Read more