The campaign to secure the release of Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Abdullah Elshamy has won a major PR Award.
Al Jazeera has said that the campaign to free its journalists in Egypt will not end till all three have been released. Peter Greste is on his way out of the country after 400 days in detention, but Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy remain behind bars.
1 January 2015 has been set as the date when Al Jazeera’s jailed journalists in Egypt will have the appeals against their convictions considered.
Following today’s verdict in Cairo, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said: “Today three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. 'Guilty' of covering stories with great skill and integrity.
Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Abdullah Elshamy has been released by the Egyptian authorities after spending ten months in detention.
Yesterday, during the eleventh hearing for Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy, defence lawyers cross-examined the committee relied upon by the Egyptian prosecution to provide opinion on the alleged evidence against Al Jazeera English’s three journalists.
Prominent Egyptians have begun to call for the release of Al Jazeera’s journalists detained in their country.
Al Jazeera Media Network has submitted an official notification of dispute to the interim Egyptian government. The network says it is relying on a Bilateral Treaty signed between the country in which it is headquartered, Qatar, and Egypt as the basis for its decision.
To mark the 100th day of the detention of Al Jazeera English staff Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, Al Jazeera is urging people to join in by sending their own personal messages to the detainees on social media using the hashtag #FreeAJStaff on Twitter, Vine and Instagram.