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Britain summons Egyptian ambassador over Jazeera verdicts

Two British journalists working for the network were handed 10-year sentences.


Al-Jazeera news channel's Australian journalist Peter Greste (L) and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (C) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed , listen to the verdict inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on June 23, 2014 at the police institute near Cairo's Tora prison. The Egyptian court sentenced the three Al-Jazeera journalists to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years after accusing them of aiding the blacklisted Brotherhood.  Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, the authorities have been incensed by the Qatari network's coverage of their deadly crackdown on his supporters.  (AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
Al-Jazeera news channel’s Australian journalist Peter Greste (L) and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (C) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed , listen to the verdict inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on June 23, 2014 at the police institute near Cairo’s Tora prison. 
(AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)

AFP – Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday it was summoning Egypt’s ambassador over the prison sentences handed down to journalists working for Al-Jazeera.

“I have instructed officials to summon the Egyptian Ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today,” Hague said in a statement.

A spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “completely appalled” by the verdicts.

The comments came after an Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australian Peter Greste to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years, accusing them of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Two British journalists working for the network, Sue Turton and Dominic Kane, were among 11 defendants being tried in absentia out of 20 overall. They were handed 10-year sentences.

Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven years, while producer Baher Mohamed received two sentences – one for seven years and another for three years.

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  • Not_so_serious

    Journalism is not a crime !
    Free the Australian and other foreign journalists.
    Send Egypt a message about good will. Cut all foreign aid until they are reasonable.

    • Minymina

      It’s a crime when they lie about the news and stage protests. Watch “fake Muslim brotherhood protests” and you’ll agree with this verdict.

      • Not_so_serious

        No. That is about the contents. Prove it.
        I don’t believe that they should jail the Australian journalist because his boss posted him to Egypt and soon after arriving he is following his bosses orders to gather some news. There is no credible evidence and yet he sits in jail.

        • Minymina

          Type “fake Muslim Brotherhood protest” on Google. Theres your evidence.

          Regardless of whether or not he was following orders, he committed a crime. Apart from bringing further turmoil to Egypt and was a risk to national security, he was assisting a terrorist organisation.

          Another factor to take into account was that Al Jazeera was banned from filming in Egypt given what they were doing yet they still sent undercover journalists and continued to spread lies in favor of the brotherhood.

          Western media likes to brag that there isn’t any evidence to imprison these guys yet it’s all there online. They like to make you think they’re innocent simply because they’re journalists but journalists aren’t above the law.

  • Harry Clark

    You lying people are much worse than the Egyptian government you are accusing, people out here are not stupid they know what they witnessed and no amount of lying to support the Muslim Brotherhood will work

  • Harry Clark

    You lying people are much worse than the Egyptian government you are accusing, people out here are not stupid they know what they witnessed and no amount of lying to support the Muslim Brotherhood will ever work

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  • Harry Clark

    Minymina is correct on the faking of Muslim Brotherhood protest by Al Jazeera reporters, I well remember one report from Nasr City, introduced by AJ reporters as thousands of M B supporters protesting, at first it looked to be real but when their camera panned out to a wide shot you could plainly see there were probably less than one hundred listening to one of the M B leaders preaching hatred of the army and trying to encourage M B supporters to attack their opposition supporters in the center of Cairo I have no doubt this was done at the behest of the A J senior management but this in no way justifies it , as a final comment this report was shown over and over by A J throughout the day with the same wide shot ? it was also shown on other national TV channels with the same wide shot error, so regardless of the false protests of foul play the reporters being the representatives of A J in Egypt were maybe made the scapegoats but they must have know they would be finally taken to task

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