Take action: Show your support for Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt

Monday, June 23, 2014


On June 23, 2014, three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted on charges of terrorism in Egypt for their work reporting on the political situation in the country.

After 177 days in detention, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were each sentenced to seven years in prison, while their Egyptian colleague Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition.

The result of a corrupt trial void of any substantive evidence, the journalists are being penalized to demonstrate that honest and objective reporting on the country’s political climate will not be tolerated.

Take action: #FreeAJStaff

Tweet your support for the campaign to free Mohamed Fahmy (@Repent11), Peter Greste (@PeterGreste) and Baher Mohamed (@Bahrooz). Join countless others by tweeting a photograph of yourself with tape or your hand covering your mouth and hashtag #FreeAJStaff. See an example from Sue Turton below. Turton was convicted in absentia to 10 years in prison for aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news:

Send a letter

Please find below a template letter that you can email, or print out and mail. The relevant emails and mailing addresses are included at the bottom of the page. We also invite you to share this action on social media.

Take action and send a letter to the Canadian government asking them to lead a coalition of countries working to free these journalists and defend press freedom in Egypt.


The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Email: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am deeply troubled by the recent conviction of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on charges of terrorism.

After 177 days in detention, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were each sentenced to seven years in prison, while their Egyptian colleague Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition. The result of a corrupt trial void of any substantive evidence, the journalists are being penalized to demonstrate that honest and objective reporting on the country’s political climate will not be tolerated.

I am writing to ask that you take the lead in creating a coalition of supporting countries to pressure Egypt to reverse the conviction of these three journalists. As a country with a history of strong respect for press freedom, I am hopeful that Canada will stand up for free expression and continue to work for the release of Fahmy and his colleagues.
Journalism is not a crime.

Sincerely,

[ your name ]

Cc: John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)

Contact Information

The Honourable John Baird, P.C., M.P., Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
2249 Carling Ave., Suite 418
Ottawa, Ontario
K2B 7E9
Email: bairdj@parl.gc.ca

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, P.C., M.P., Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular Services)
Room 546-S, Centre Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Email: Lynne.Yelich@parl.gc.ca

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Email: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca

Background and related information

CJFE outraged by conviction of Al Jazeera journalists
Timeline of events from the Al Jazeera trial
Over 100 groups demand release of Al Jazeera English journalists in Egypt
View all #FreeAJstaff content from CJFE


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact CJFE’s International Programs Assistant Alexandra Zakreski at azakreski@cjfe.org.
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