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Detention extended for Al Jazeera English journalists held in Egypt

Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday's [9 January 2013] announcement by the Egyptian authorities that they are extending the provisional detention of three Al-Jazeera journalists for another 15 days.

Arrested on 29 December, the three journalists are Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, who has Canadian and Egyptian dual nationality, Australian reporter Peter Greste, and an Egyptian producer who does not want his name published.

A fourth Al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested at the same time as the other three, Egyptian cameraman Mohamed Fawzi, was released on 31 December.

The three detained journalists are accused of broadcasting reports that were “damaging to national security” and of being in possession of Muslim Brotherhood “publications.”

A court is meanwhile due to issue a verdict on 2 February in the case of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr cameraman Mohamed Badr, who was arrested while covering a demonstration on 15 July and has been held ever since. He is facing a possible 15-year jail sentence.

Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all the journalists detained arbitrarily in Egypt in connection with their journalistic activities.

What other IFEX members are saying
  • MEAA condemns ongoing detention of journalists in Egypt

    We are deeply concerned to learn that our colleagues, all three of whom are well respected journalists working for the Al-Jazeera network, may face charges that reportedly include “joining a terrorist organisation, publishing false news harming national security, terrorising people and harming the people’s general benefit”.

  • Australian media speaks out against ongoing detention of Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt

    "By continuing to detain theses journalists the Egyptian government is undermining the right to press freedom and freedom of expression in the country and calling into question its attitude towards basic human rights,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "These are working journalists who have committed no crime and were simply doing their jobs."

  • Deeply concerned by detention of Al Jazeera English journalists in Egypt

    CJFE strongly urges the Egyptian government to immediately free Mohamed Badr, Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Abdullah al-Shami.

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