Egypt should release Al-Jazeera journalists, Obama says

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Al-Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed behind bars at a court in Cairo
Al-Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed behind bars at a court in Cairo
US President Barack Obama called Wednesday for the release of three Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to prison in Egypt for allegedly defaming the country.

Speaking at the end of a US-Africa summit, Obama said that the United States insists on the right of journalists to practice their trade as a critical element of civil society.

“In the specific issue of the Al-Jazeera journalists, we have been clear both publicly and privately, they should be released,” Obama said at a news conference.

Australian journalist Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted in June of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news that portrayed Egypt as being in a state of “civil war.”

Greste and Fahmy received seven-year terms, while Mohamed was jailed for 10 years, in a case that sparked international outrage.

“The devil guided them to use journalism and direct it toward activities against this nation,” the court said in a statement explaining its verdict.

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2 responses to “Egypt should release Al-Jazeera journalists, Obama says”

  1. If Sisi not release them,capture him and punish him in the Hague court.He is among weird leaders we ever seen.Like all Arab dictators,he will bring suffer to Egyptians.

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      5thDrawer

      Not just him Zabada. Can you hear that court?? ‘The Devil Made Them Do It.’
      Burn ’em at the stake.
      It wasn’t a ‘civil war’ after all. It was just a few late party-people going home. Who but ‘desperado devil journalists’ would call it a ‘civil war’.??

      AND … Where are the citizens who would allow such an INANE ‘verdict’ to be even read?
      Ahhh … yes … thousands standing in the street with signs proclaiming the stupidity of it.

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