Egypt's stunning prison sentence for three Al Jazeera journalists has given way to protests from hundreds of journalists around the world.
After six months in jail in Cairo, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were found guilty on Monday of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison. The verdict has triggered international outcry.
Hundreds of journalists from BBC, Al Jazeera and other news organizations gathered to protest the decision in London on Tuesday. "The verdict is unjust," BBC's director of news James Harding told the huge crowd outside of the network's headquarters. He added the BBC and other news outlets are sending a letter to Egypt's president asking him to intervene.
The journalists held a silent protest for one minute 24 hours after the verdict was announced, and BBC staffers in Jerusaleum, Baghdad, Moscow, Islamabad, Nairobi and Hong Kong joined in. Some held "FREE AJ STAFF" signs and placed tape over their mouths to signal the muzzling of press freedom.
— Katie Bradford (@katieabradford) June 24, 2014
— Maria Hadjiconstanti (@MariaHadji) June 24, 2014
— The Stream (@AJStream) June 24, 2014
— Stuart Hughes (@stuartdhughes) June 24, 2014
Al Jazeera has said that it will not rest until the journalists are free. This is what "Newshour" looked like:
The Al Jazeera Newshour goes to air, with a major branding change... pic.twitter.com/Dt3PPBNSQ9
— Kamahl Santamaria (@KamahlAJE) June 24, 2014