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Al Jazeera Denounces The Conviction Of Its Journalists In Egypt And Vows To Free Them

Al-Jazeera news channel's Australian journalist Peter Greste (L) and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (C
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 (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Al Jazeera condemned the conviction of three of its journalists in Egypt on Monday, and
pledged to continue its global campaign to free them.

Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohammed and Peter Greste were sentenced to between seven and ten years in prison on terrorism-related charges, in a trial that attracted international outrage and that has been widely seen as both farcical and as an attack on press freedom.

Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey issued a statement saying that the conviction "defies logic, sense and any semblance of justice."

He added, "There is only one sensible outcome now. For the verdict to be overturned, and justice to be recognized by Egypt. We must keep our voice loud to call for an end to their detention."

The #FreeAJStaff campaign has triggered protests around the world.

Al Jazeera journalists also spoke up, attacking the verdict and vowing that the journalists would be freed.

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