Journalism is not a crime: next steps to free jailed journalists in Egypt
WhenMonday 30 June 2014
18.30 for 19.00
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Fifth floor Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, will chair a meeting of speakers including Paul Mason, Channel 4, Jim Boumelha , president of the Internationa Federation of Journalists, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Michael Hodgkin, FoC at Al Jazeera English and other broadcasting organisations.
Come along and show your solidarity with Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy, who have been sentenced to seven years in jail and Baher Mohamed who was sentenced for ten years.
Other journalists - Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane, Rena Netjes and Sue Turton have been sentenced to 10 years in absentia.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"We must show the strength of support for journalists in Egypt, denounce the sentences and do all that we can to get our colleagues released. We must call on all those with influence in Egypt to demand the sentences are quashed and the journalists released immediately.
"Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane, Rena Netjes and Sue Turton are journalists. They are not terrorists. They are not criminals. They are journalists who have been jailed simply for doing their jobs."
"Governments must not be allowed to deny journalists, wherever they are, the right to report. The freedom of journalists must be maintained at all times and is absolutely essential in every society."
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Ask your MP to sign the Early Day Motion on imprisoned journalists in Egypt. Read the full EDM and find out how to contact your MP
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