Update 23/6/14: Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been convicted by an Egyptian court and been sentenced to seven years in prison. As a matter of urgency, please call on President Abdel Fattah al Sisi to release these three prisoners of conscience immediately.
Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were detained by Egyptian authorities last December.
The three men face terrorism-related charges for ‘airing misleading news’ about Egypt’s political situation.
On 20 February the journalists were denied bail by an Egyptian court. They will now remain in jail until their trial continues on 5 March. If convicted, they could face between three years to life in prison.
All three men are prisoners of conscience, imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to free expression.
Egypt must immediately drop the charges against the three journalists and let them go free.
These latest arrests come as part of a widespread crackdown on press freedom in Egypt. Since July last year, a number of journalists have faced arrest for reporting on human rights violations carried out by security forces.
Call on the Egyptian authorities to release Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues immediately and unconditionally.