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12/29/2014 12:17 pm ET Updated Dec 29, 2014

It's Been One Year Since The Al Jazeera Journalists Were Jailed In Egypt

On Dec. 29, 2013, three Al Jazeera journalists were imprisoned in Egypt -- a case that has triggered widespread condemnation of the Egyptian government and forced many to call the country's press freedom into question.

One year later, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed remain behind bars, accused of spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Jazeera maintains those allegations are "false charges" heard in a "flawed" trial. This past June, Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison, while Mohamed, who is Egyptian, was sentenced to 10 -- the end to an unprecedented court case that brought terror charges against members of the media.

The verdict was deemed "chilling and draconian" by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the time; President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have all voiced their support for the jailed journalists. While in recent months Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has hinted that Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed might be pardoned -- an appeal at Egypt’s Court of Cassation is scheduled for Jan. 1 -- on the one year anniversary of their imprisonment the fate of the jailed journalists is still unclear.

On Monday, friends, family, colleagues and supporters took to Twitter to show solidarity with Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed using #FreeAJStaff, a hashtag that has become something of a rallying cry around the imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists online.

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