Two-hundred-and-fifty days after Al Jazeera's Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were locked up in Egyptian prison, journalists haven't given up on their fight to demand their release.
— Al Jazeera PR (@AlJazeera) September 4, 2014
News outlets and journalists expressed their support on Thursday, the 250th day of the journalists' imprisonment, using the #FreeAJStaff hashtag for solidarity. The #FreeAJStaff campaign gained momentum in February after a video surfaced showing the arrest of Fahmy and Greste at their hotel in Cairo.
The men, along with Mohammed, have been detained in Egypt since December on charges of airing false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. After a drawn-out and controversial trial by an Egyptian court, they were sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison, a decision that triggered global outrage. For months, world leaders and human rights organizations have spoken out to condemn the journalists' imprisonment. Tens of thousands of people in more than 30 countries have come together as part of the #FreeAJStaff campaign in defense of not only Greste, Fahmy and Mohammed, but press freedom everywhere.
Thursday's 250-day mark only showed that the battle is not slowing down, as newsrooms and reporters worldwide stepped up their call to action:
— The Guardian (@guardian) September 4, 2014
— alex thomson (@alextomo) September 4, 2014
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) September 4, 2014
— Antony (Tony) Walker (@tonywalker1) September 4, 2014
— Undercover Reporter (@lathaney) September 4, 2014
— Urmee Khan (@urmeek) September 4, 2014
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) September 4, 2014
— Vane Garnica (@garnica_writer) September 4, 2014
— Foodmancing® (@Foodmancing) September 4, 2014
— Zoe Daniel (@zdaniel) September 2, 2014