Journalists mark 100 days since arrests of Al Jazeera Three
Protesting against press intimidation outside the BBC, to mark a 100 days since arrest of Al Jazeera staff - © NUJ
7 April 2014
Journalists and supporters of press freedom took part in a photo-call 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.
They observed a minute's silence to represent the regimes around the globe which attempt to silence the free press.
Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC's World Service Group, said:
"Journalism is not a crime. It is essential for a free and open society. The news organisations here today are making a stand against the governments which supress free speech and inflict violence and intimidation against journalists."
He said the event was called in support of three respected Al Jazeera journalists who have been detained by the Eyptian government.
The three men have been accused by the Egyptian authorities of providing a platform for the Muslim Brotherhood. They have denied the charges, saying they were just doing their job. They appeared in court on 31 March.The judge refused their request for bail and adjourned the case until 10 April.
Supporters of press freedom are encouraged to send messages of support at #FreeAJStaff and sign the petition Release detained Al Jazeera journalists