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Free journalists in Egypt now

Hatem Zakaria, FAJ; Chris Warren, MEAA Australia; Ibrahim Mahlab, prime minister of Egypt; Jim Boumelha, IFJ/NUJ


26 June 2014

Thursday 4 June 2015

FAQs: Al Jazeera's journalists on trial in Egypt

Monday 23 February 2015

Alaa Abdel Fattah: Egypt jails activist-blogger for five years. Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed also appeared in the same court on for their retrial. The men were freed on bail earlier this month after more than a year behind bars. The retrial was adjourned after a brief hearing and they are next due in court on 8 March. BBC report

Thursday 19 February 2015

Peter Greste speaking at the Frontline Club

Freed Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, spoke to a crowd of journalists, including NUJ president, Andy Smith, at the Frontline Club in London, telling the audience his experiences in Cairo, from his arrival in the city, to the police bursting into his hotel room, to being handcuffed and moved from cell to cell, first in solitary confinement and later sharing with his Al Jazeera colleagues.

Thursday 12 February 2015

Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were released on bail, a move that was welcomed by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and NUJ.

Monday 2 February 2015

The NUJ welcomed the release of Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, after 400 days in an Egyptian jail. The union said that pressure must remain on the authorities to release his two colleagues and to highlight the number of domestic journalists in prison in Egypt.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"We are obviously delighted to hear of Peter's release, but while his colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed remain in an Egyptian  jail – together with a dozen other local journalists – the campaign must continue. The crackdown on journalists in Egypt is a travesty of justice and freedom of the press. They are being targeted, threatened and attacked for trying to report on events; for just doing their job."

Sunday 1 February

The NUJ and sister unions marked 400 days in jail for journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste by demanding the release of all journalists detained.

Thursday 4 September 2014

The IFJ and the Federation of Arab Journalists met the Egyptian prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab to discuss the imprisonment of the three Al Jazeera journalists – Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – jailed by an Egyptian court on Monday 23 June 2014.

The union delegation included Jim Boumelha, IFJ president and NUJ national executive member, and Christopher Warren, former IFJ president and federal secretary of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance of Australia (Peter Greste's union).

Peter Greste to launch appeal against conviction and seven-year jail term (The Guardian, 25 July 2014)

Wednesday 16 July 2014

200 days of imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. The NUJ is supporting colleagues at Al Jazeera English who are campaigning for their release and the release of all Egyptian journalists who have been attacked and denied the right to press freedom.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

NUJ delegation visit Egyptian Embassy on Tuesday

Al Jazeera campaign picture
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Andy Smith, NUJ vice president, and Jim Boumelha, IFJ president, visited the Egyptian Embassy in London to meet with the Ambassador © NUJ

Monday 30 June 2014

NUJ public meeting

Michelle Stanistreet chaired a meeting with speakers including Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 international editor, Jim Boumelha, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Michael Hodgkin, FoC at Al Jazeera English and other broadcasting organisations, and Barbara Serra, Al Jazeera presenter and correspondent.

Journalists have contacted the Egyptian Ambassador in London to express solidarity with colleagues and to protest at the treatment meted out to Al Jazeera journalists detained. Former BBC colleagues of Peter Greste have sent a letter to the Ambassador in London.

Thursday 26 June 2014

Protest at the Dublin embassy

NUJ Ireland solidarity
NUJ protest at embassy in Dublin ©Julien Behal, Maxwells

As part of the NUJ campaign against the jailing of Al Jazeera journalists a delegation handed in a letter of protest to Ambassador Sherif Elkholi at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin.

An Irish campaign coalition letter has been published in the Irish Times on Thursday 26 June 2014. Signed by Kevin Bakhurst, David Begg, Jim Boumelha, Shirley Bradshaw, Ronan Brady, Harry Browne, Frank Connolly, Gerry Curran, Susan Daly, Séamus Dooley, John Douglas, Tom Felle, Dr Michael Foley, Dr Roddy Flynn, Prof. John Horgan, Prof. Colum Kenny, John Kierans, Prof. Steven Knowlton, Simon McAleese, Dr Des McGuinness, Ian Mallon, Andrea Martin, Martin Molony, Daithi O Ceallaigh, Colm O'Gorman, Johnny O'Hanlon, Bernadette O'Sullivan, Dr John O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Sullivan, Prof. Paschal Preston, Stephen Rae, Robbie Smyth, Michelle Stanistreet, Cliff Taylor, William Tuke.

NUJ members were denied access to the grounds of the Egpytian Embassy.

The normal procedure would be that a letter is handed in at the door of the Embassy but on arrival a staff member locked the gate and a secretary accepted the letter over the railings. Neither the ambassador or diplomatic staff were available to accept the letter.

Protest in Derry

Derry branch solidarity protest
Protest outside Guild Hall in Derry © Tom Heaney

Felicity McCall, Leas Cathaoirleach Irish executive council (IEC), with members of the NUJ Derry & North West branch and supporters protested outside the Guild Hall, Derry.

In attendance were Eamonn McCann, NUJ NEC, as well as iEC members, Anton McCabe and Phil Mac Giolla Bhain.

Also in attendance were Jenny Witt, BBC journalist, Mark Durkan MP, member of the NUJ parliamentary group and Colm Eastwood, Northern Ireland Assembly Member for Foyle.

NUJ solidarity protest
NUJ protest in London © NUJ


Tuesday 24 June

London solidarity protest

Michelle Stanistreet comments on the campaign on the TUC stronger unions website.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has joined calls condemning the jailing of journalists in Egypt and urged wider union movement to support the campaign.

How you can help

Ask your MP to sign and support the early day motion (EDM) in the UK parliament:

That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the court case and sentences of the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt: seven years for Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy and 10 years for Baher Mohamed, all of whom are suffering needlessly; condemns also the 10 year sentences in absentia for Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane, Rena Netjes and Sue Turton; notes the lack of respect these unjust sentences show for the democratic system; notes also the invaluable role these people carry out in briefing the international community regarding what is happening in other corners of the world; and calls on the Government to do everything in its power to convince the Egyptian authorities of the travesty of this case and the damage it is doing to the democratic process.

BBC solidarity action
BBC staff in solidarity at Broadcasting House on 24 June © Private

23 June 2014

Reaction to the sentences

Responding to the news of the sentences, Michelle Stanistreet said:

"The NUJ condemns in the strongest terms these sentences meted on journalists who were merely doing their job. This is an outrageous decision and travesty of justice made by a kangaroo court.
"Al Jazeera has rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence. This is a brutal regime which is attacking and arresting many journalists to attempt to silence them and prevent them from reporting events.
"The British government must immediately signal its opposition to this verdict and do all it can to have the sentences overturned. The NUJ is calling on all media organisations to register their protest in support of colleagues at Al Jazeera and all the Egyptian journalists who have been attacked and arrested by their country's authorities. Governments must not be allowed to deny journalists, wherever they are, the right to be able to report independently and in safety. The freedom of journalists is an integral part of any democratic process."

Monday 7 April 2014

Journalists and supporters of press freedom took part in solidarity action at the BBC's New Broadcasting House, to mark the 100 days since the arrest of Al Jazeera's Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Thursday 20 February 2014

The NUJ protested at the London Embassy on the eve of the trial of four journalists in Cairo.

"Drop the preposterous charges against journalists detained in Egypt" was the robust message delivered by a NUJ-delegation to the country's embassy in London.

Michelle Stanistreet and Jeremy Corbyn MP spent 40 minutes with Ashraf Elkholy, the Egyptian ambassador, as they delivered a letter from the union expressing its concern about the "arrests and brutal attacks used to attempt to silence journalists and prevent them from doing their job".

Monday 30 December 2013

The IFJ called for Egyptian authorities to immediately release the journalists detained.

Jim Boumelha said:

"We join international condemnation of the journalists' arrest and demand that they are released with immediate effect. These are working journalists who have committed no crime and were simply doing their jobs.
"By continuing to detain theses journalists the Egyptian government is undermining the right to press freedom and freedom of expression in the country and calling into question its attitude towards basic human rights."

Thursday 14 November 2013

The NUJ and IFJ organised a protest in London in support and solidarity with journalists in Egypt.

Friday 7 December 2012

The IFJ raised concerns about the safety of journalists and media workers who are covering the unfolding crisis in Egypt.

Watch the Channel 4 News solidarity action video.

Watch the BBC solidarity action video.

Peter Greste: we must show unity in the fight for a free press

Peter Greste spoke to a crowd of journalists at the Frontline Club in London, telling the audience his experiences in Cairo, from his arrival in the city, to the police bursting into his hotel room, to being handcuffed and moved from cell to cell, first in solitary confinement and later sharing with his Al Jazeera colleagues.

Tags: , egypt, solidarity, al jazeera, broadcasting, journalists detained, peter greste, mohamed fahmy


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