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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

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CNN Correspondent Reports For Al Jazeera, Because AJ Reporters Aren’t Allowed To

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You don’t see this very often. A CNN correspondent reported for Al Jazeera in Cairo earlier this week, because Al Jazeera reporters can’t. Ian Lee, who was in Kiev earlier this month for CNN (above, right), is in Cairo this week (above, left) covering the trial of Peter Greste, who, along with other Al Jazeera journalists, is accused of endangering national security and aiding a terrorist organization.

“Let’s go to Ian Lee outside the courthouse in Cairo. He’s a correspondent with CNN and reporting on our behalf because Al Jazeera journalists are banned from reporting from Egypt,” said the Al Jazeera anchor.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to report as the trial was postponed. Greste along with Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed, who have been held in a Cairo for 88 days, will be back in court Monday.

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 Launches Global Day of Action to Free Staffers Jailed in Egypt

al jazeera global day of actionRallies are planned in more than 30 cities today as part of Al Jazeera’s Global Day of Action in solidarity with Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed, its journalists jailed in Egypt.

Al Jazeera America is collecting images from demonstrations around the world and posting them to a live blog. Heather Allan, the head of newsgathering for the network, is also participating in a Reddit Ask Me Anything Q+A about the #FreeAJStaff campaign today.

“Today we invite every believer of free journalism to show solidarity and support for journalists who have been detained, mistreated or stifled in Egypt and elsewhere,” Al Jazeera America interim CEO Ehab Al Shihabi wrote in a note to AJAM staff this morning.

Many media outlets around the world have joined the cause: last week, an international group of television executives called for the journalists’ release. The protests are also getting coverage on other networks: on “CBS This Morning” today, correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reported from London, where protestors in Trafalgar Square released black balloons into the sky as part of the demonstration.

“We are grateful for the support we have been receiving from across the world, from within the journalism profession, and from NGOs, politicians and members of the public,” Shihabi wrote. “The message that these detentions are unjustified is loud and clear.”

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.

The International Ticker: Charged, Expelled, (Un)Covered

  • Egyptian authorities says TV journalists should not fear reporting in the country following criminal charges filed against 20 Al Jazeera journalists. Among those facing charges of broadcasting false reports is Mohamed Fahmy, who previously worked for CNN.

  • China has forced New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy to leave the country.  Ramzy joins reporters from Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post and Reuters who have also been barred from reporting in China.

  • Among some of the international media covering the Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey this week: a Czech TV reporter who dressed like Mozart and a Mexican TV reporter who wasn’t dressed in much of anything. Czech it out

Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Details Prison Conditions in Letter

peter gresteAl 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

Egypt Extends Detention of Al Jazeera Journalists

al-jazeera-logoA team of Al Jazeera journalists who were arrested in Egypt for suspected ties to the Muslim Brotherhood will be held for 15 more days, the network says.

Egyptian authorities arrested four Cairo-based journalists — correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy – on December 29. Fawzy was later released; the other three are being held separately in Tora prison.

Two more Al Jazeera journalists, Mubasher Misr and Abdullah Al Shami, are being held in Egypt. Misr has been held for six months and Al Shami has been held for five months. According to Al Jazeera, the verdict in Misr’s case was scheduled to be announced Thursday, but the authorities have delayed their decision. The sentencing will now take place on February 2.

“By continuing to hold our journalists, the Egyptian authorities are attempting to silence us and to disable our role as a media organisation,” Al Jazeera said in a statement. “We condemn the allegations directed at our staff by Egyptian authorities which are aiming to stigmatise us, and further incite violence against our journalists working on the ground. This is all part of a larger antagonistic campaign against us.”

CNN’s Hala Gorani Interviews Brother of Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist

In an interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, Adel Fahmy, the brother of one of Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt, disputed claims that his brother is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“These are extremely false accusations, could not be further from the truth. He’s a very objective journalist, producer, reporter, and he’s always taken pride in his job,” Famhy said of his brother, Al Jazeera producer Mohamed Fahmy, who has also worked for CNN in the past. Watch:

Al Jazeera Journalists Detained in Egypt

Al-Jazeera-LogoFour Cairo-based journalists for Al Jazeera are being held in Egypt because of alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Washington Post reports:

The reporters, including one Australian national, are accused of “harming national security” through links to the recently banned Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The arrests are the latest development in a rapidly escalating crackdown against the Brotherhood, an Islamist group that the government last week declared a “terrorist organization.”

Egyptian police said the Al Jazeera English bureau — which had been broadcasting from a suite at the Marriott hotel following the closure of its Arabic-language sister channel during a military coup in July — was being used as a meeting point and press center for members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The journalists — identified by Al Jazeera as correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy — were arrested during raids Sunday night. Al Jazeera is demanding their immediate release.