Joint statement: We demand the release of journalists detained in Egypt

Thursday, February 6, 2014
STATEMENT FROM CANADIAN JOURNALISTS AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ON THE DETENTION OF JOURNALISTS IN EGYPT We, the undersigned journalists, news and non-governmental organizations who are advocates of press freedom call for the immediate and unconditional release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, along with their colleague Abdullah Elshamy who has languished in prison without charge for six months. Since December 29th, the three journalists have been placed in horrible conditions when all they are guilty of is doing their jobs as journalists. We ask the Egyptian authorities to stop their persecution and release all other detained journalists. We aspire that they be proponents of democracy by enabling reporters to carry out their professions without fear of retribution and by empowering diverse voices for the purpose of building a greater Egypt with tolerance, civil liberties and understanding. DECLARATION DE JOURNALISTES CANADIENS ET D’ORGANISATIONS NON-GOUVERNEMENTALES SUR LA DÉTENTION DE JOURNALISTES EN ÉGYPTE En tant que journalistes signataires de cet appel, organismes de presse et organisations non gouvernementales engagés pour la liberté de presse, nous demandons la libération immédiate et sans condition du journaliste canadien Mohamed Fahmy, ainsi que celle de ses collègues Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed et Abdullah Elshamy. Alors que leur seule faute est d’avoir exercé leur métier de journaliste, Fahmy, Greste et Mohamed subissent des conditions de détention épouvantables depuis le 29 décembre et Elshamy croupit en prison depuis six mois sans connaître le motif de son arrestation. Nous avons demandé aux autorités égyptiennes de metre fin à la persécution des journalistes et de relâcher ceux qu’ils détiennent. Nous souhaitons qu’ils favorisent la démocratie en permettant aux journalistes de remplir leurs fonctions sans craindre des représailles et en encourageant diverses voix à se faire entendre, bâtissant ainsi une Égypte plus libre, plus tolérante et plus forte. If you would like to add your organization's signature please e-mail cjfe@cjfe.org. If you are an individual who would like to sign on, please sign our petition here.

Signed:

Al Jazeera English Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Canadian Association of Journalists Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Canadian Media Guild Canadian University Press CWA Canada The Dialog Collective Frontline Club Journalists for Human Rights The Kality Foundation PEN Canada Quebec Professional Federation of Journalists (FPJQ)

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