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Egypt 'declaring journalism a crime' by jailing Al-Jazeera correspondents
The Guardian ^ | June 23 2014 | Harriet Sherwood

Posted on 06/23/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT by PoloSec

Journalists and media organisations have warned that the jailing of three correspondents for Al-Jazeera English by the Cairo regime was intended to intimidate others from reporting freely on events in Egypt.

The jail terms of between seven and ten years for Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were met with outrage from veteran correspondents who have reported on the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath.

Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor, said the verdicts and sentencing were a blow to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. "This is also at least partly designed to intimidate other journalists, and to deny the oxygen of publicity to the Muslim Brotherhood."

Ben de Pear, the editor of Channel 4 News, said he was "appalled and deeply worried by the sentences and what they mean for media freedom in Egypt. I think what the Egyptians are trying to do is intimidate the media at home and abroad to stop proper journalistic coverage of events in Egypt. The freedoms that Egyptians fought so hard for in the Arab spring are rubbished by these sentences."

He called for a robust response from the US and the UK, who were "if not acquiescing, still talking to the Egyptian regime."

De Pear added: "As the editor of an organisation that has sent journalists to Egypt throughout the Arab spring, we now have to think hard about how we cover this story. We won't stop doing it, but this presents a new risk."

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Canada; Egypt; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ajazeera; aljazeera; australia; bahermohamed; canada; egypt; journalists; mohamedfadelfahmy; petergreste

1 posted on 06/23/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Coming from The Guardian that’s hilarious. They rarely stumble across journalism.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 6:02:49 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

True, but I recently noticed but one article that was leaning towards objectivity.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 6:06:08 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: vladimir998

This should happen here in America, maybe we would be getting the true news stories instead of fabricated ones.
Might get rid of MANY of the culprits.


4 posted on 06/23/2014 6:06:10 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: PoloSec
we now have to think hard about how we cover this story. We won't stop doing it, but this presents a new risk."

Oh look at the brave reporters. They like to pat each other on the back about how brave and heroic they are, but when it comes to a remote chance that they may end up in jail, they tuck tail and run. Their "bravery" extends only to insulting Christians and conservatives.

5 posted on 06/23/2014 6:12:20 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: PoloSec
and to deny the oxygen of publicity to the Muslim Brotherhood

Well, to give oxygen to the Muslim Nazis would be idiotic

If the Guardian is outraged, I'm guessing these jailed "journalists" were actually propagandists for the MB

Keep up the jailin'


6 posted on 06/23/2014 6:13:16 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: PoloSec; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re; Egypt 'declaring journalism a crime' by jailing Al-Jazeera correspondents

Can we get these Egyptians to take a look... at ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NYTimes and the WasPo?

7 posted on 06/23/2014 6:13:38 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: DaveA37
This should happen here in America, maybe we would be getting the true news stories instead of fabricated ones. Might get rid of MANY of the culprits.

They should be arrested for impersonating journalists.

How about propagandizing while a journalist?

8 posted on 06/23/2014 6:15:58 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: PoloSec

Al-Jazeera just isn't radical enough.

Somewhere in Washington someone is frantically taking notes...

9 posted on 06/23/2014 6:24:50 AM PDT by null and void (In this war, the front line is at your front door...)
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To: Bender2

Bender I think safe to say Egypt can’t handle the truth this crock crime here

Other networks should be investigated


10 posted on 06/23/2014 8:48:54 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: PoloSec

That’ why they are called Urinalists


11 posted on 06/23/2014 9:25:11 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: PoloSec

They should be jailed for impersonating journalists. Real journalists have integrity.


12 posted on 06/23/2014 9:28:23 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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13 posted on 07/04/2014 6:16:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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