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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt

detained al jazeera journalistsSix months after their arrest in Egypt, three Al Jazeera journalists have been found guilty of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, the network reports:

The guilty verdicts were delivered by a judge on Monday against Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in jail, while Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition.

Other Al Jazeera journalists being tried in absentia were sentenced to 10 years. Their names are: Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane and Sue Turton.

Al Jazeera has always rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence.

In a statement, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said: “Today 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.  Read more

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Al Jazeera Journalists Mark 100 Days in Jail

detained al jazeera journalistsAs Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed mark 100 days in jail in Egypt, Al Jazeera is renewing calls for the immediate release of the journalists.

Calling the charges “false and baseless,” Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said there is “no justification whatsoever in the detention of innocent journalists for such an outrageous amount of time.” He also called for the release of Abdullah Al Shamy, an Al Jazeera Arabic journalist who has been held for 236 days and has been a hunger strike since January 23.

“We are very grateful for the immense support of our staff, from right around the world. The response to their detention has been outstanding,” Anstey said in a statement. “The campaign is focused on the release of our four staff, but is fundamentally a stand in the defence of journalism itself, and a call for people everywhere to have a right to be heard and the right to know what is really going on in their world.”

In London, a crowd gathered outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House in support of the detained journalists.  Read more

Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists Trial Adjourned Until March 24

The three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt since the end of last year have had their trial adjourned until March 24.

“We are again disappointed that Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed were not released from prison today,” Managing Director of Al Jazeera Engligh Al Anstey said. “The trial in Egypt is a trial of journalism itself, so we remain resolute in calling for freedom of speech, for the right for people to know, and for the immediate release of all of Al Jazeera’s journalists in detention in Egypt”.

This twitter picture sent out by Al Jazeera shows the journalists caged during their trial.

Last week, rallies were held in more than 30 cities to show support for the imprisoned journalists and call for their release.

Al Jazeera Calls For Global Day of Action in Support of Jailed Journalists

al jazeera jailed journalistsAl Jazeera is calling for a global day of action next week in support of its journalists jailed in Egypt. The trial of Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed has been adjourned until March 5 after they pleaded not guilty to all charges against them. In a statement, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey says the network is “deeply disappointed” the journalists were not released:

The charges against our staff are baseless, unacceptable, and wholly unjustified.  What is going in in in Egypt right now is a trial of journalism itself, so it is critical that we remain resolute in calling for freedom of speech, for the right for people to know, and for the immediate release of all of Al Jazeera’s journalists in detention in Egypt.

We truly appreciate the solidarity from journalists and individuals right around the world. The pressure has continued to build since they were taken into custody. We must keep this up, so we ask everyone to contribute to the Global Day of Action on Thursday 27th February. Journalism is not a crime.

The Global Day of Action comes after an international group of news organizations, including NBC, ABC and the BBC, called for the release of the journalists.

Al Jazeera English Downsizing in DC

Talking Points Memo gets a hold of a memo sent by Al Jazeera English managing editor Al Anstey, outlining the channel’s new U.S. strategy. As part of the changes, the channel will be downsizing in Washington D.C., instead using more reports from bureaus across the country. In addition, it will be moving its show “Empire” from Washington to New York.

This change is part of the wider restructure which began over two years ago in order to enhance one of our core strengths of news gathering and reporting from the field. We recently started up our bureau in Chicago. We are soon to formally open our office in Los Angeles. And we are now fully operational from Miami. These bureaux add to our existing presence and strength in Washington DC, and New York, and our bureaux across Latin America.

TVNewser hears that around 75% of staffers in Washington will be let go as a result of the moves. Update: AJE says that only two dozen staffers will be affected, far fewer than 75%. Read Anstey’s full memo over at TPM.

Al Jazeera English Receiving Award From Columbia Journalism School

The Columbia University School of Journalism is presenting its highest honor–the Columbia Journalism Award–to Al Jazeera English. AJE managing editor Al Anstey will accept the award at the 2011 commencement ceremony, where he will also address the graduating class.

The school’s faculty, which selects the awardees, voted for Al Jazeera English for the overall depth and quality of its peerless coverage of the ongoing protests in the Middle East. “Al Jazeera English has performed a great service in bringing the English-speaking world in-depth coverage of the turmoil in the Middle East.” said Dean Nicholas Lemann. “We salute its determination to get to the heart of a complicated story unfolding in countries where news has historically been difficult to cover.”

Usually the award is presented to an individual. This is only the second time that a show or organization has receieved the honor. In 1993 the award went to PBS’ “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.”

The announcement from Columbia, after the jump.

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Al Jazeera’s Al Anstey: ‘We are categorically anti-nothing, and pro-nothing’

Last night on CNN’s Parker Spitzer, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey talked about the ideology of his network:

“We are categorically anti-nothing, and pro-nothing,” he told Parker. “Our job is journalistic, to cover the facts on the ground and cover thew whole story.”

AJE is currently seeking expanded distribution in the U.S. At the moment it is only available in a small handful of local markets, along with limited satellite carriage.