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Egyptian government asked to free Al Jazeera journalists

14 November 2013

Mohamed Badr recently became a father, but is unable to share the joy with his wife and family because he is in an Egyptian prison for possession of a camera.

The journalist working for Al Jazeera Media Network was taken to the Azbakeya police station on 16 July for investigation into his coverage of the Ramses Square clashes. He was later transferred to the Tura prison for further interrogation and remains in detention.

His colleague Abdullah Al Shami was arrested on 14 August and taken to Abu-Zabal prison. He had been covering events in Rabia Square.

Jim Boumelha, president of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), headed a group of staff at Aljazeera Media Network, MPs John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn and supporters of freedom for journalists in Egypt and presented a letter to the Egyptian embassy signed by Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, Ghassan Abu-Hussein, manager of international relations and communications, Aljazeera Network, and the IFJ.

The letter said the men have been detained without charge.

"We urge the interim Egyptian government to charge them formally and put them up for a fair, transparent and non-political trial or release them immediately.
"Given the fact that other journalists have lost their lives in Egypt over the past few months and others face difficulty doing their professional jobs, we urge your government to respect the right of journalists to work in a safe environment."

Mick Deane, a Sky News cameraman, was shot and killed while covering events in Cairo on 14 August. On the same day, hundreds were killed when Egyptian security and military forces stormed two protest camps in Rabia and Al Nahda squares.

Habiba Ahmed Abd El Aziz, a journalist for Gulf News, UAE, was shot dead while filming during a security and military raid on Rabia Square on 14 August.


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