NUJ Ireland shows solidarity with journalists jailed in Egypt
NUJ members outside the Egyptian Embassy, Dublin - © Julien Behal, Maxwells
27 June 2014
As part of the National Union of Journalists campaign against the jailing of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt, a NUJ delegation handed in a letter of protest to Ambassador Sherif Elkholi at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin on Thursday 26 June 2014.
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.
NUJ NEC member Barry McCall and ICTU vice president Patricia King join Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary as he hands in the letter of protest.
Coverage of the NUJ Ireland solidarity protest in the Irish Times on Friday 27 June 2014:
NUJ Ireland solidarity ©Julien Behal, Maxwells
- Protesters demand Egypt embassy act over jailing of al-Jazeera journalists
- Union presses Tánaiste to summon Cairo’s ambassador amid international outrage
An Irish campaign coalition letter was published in the Irish Times on Thursday 26 June 2014.
It was 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.
The NUJ has also written to the Tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs Eamon Gilmore seeking government intervention in the campaign against the jailing of journalists.
Find out more about the NUJ campaign: Free journalists in Egypt now