Global Day of Action: Vigil for Detained Al Jazeera Journalists

Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Location: 
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Al Jazeera English and CJFE are calling for the release of Al Jazeera journalists currently detained in Egypt. Join us as we stand in solidarity with our imprisoned colleagues and tell the world that journalism is NOT a crime.




Background:
On December 29th, 2013, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed were detained under unjustified accusations that they were “spreading false news” and connected with a terrorist organization. For the international community, their imprisonment represents the unlawful suppression of press freedom by Egyptian authorities.

The three journalists, among 20 individuals charged, pleaded not guilty to the charges against them when they appeared before an Egyptian court on February 20th. Unfortunately, with their trial adjourned to March 5th, Fahmy, Grest, and Mohamed remain detained indefinitely.

Al Jazeera English and CJFE have started a petition, issued a joint statement with other concerned organizations, and recently held a press conference in Toronto to call for the journalists’ immediate release. But it’s time to do more. Join us on February 27.

Read the full press release.

More ways you can take action:

  • Are you an individual? Sign and share our petition
  • Are you an organization? Sign our joint statement
  • Missed the press conference? Review our live blog from the event
  • On social media? Take a selfie (see above) and post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram along with the hashtag #FreeAJStaff and a message of support
  • For more information, contact Alex Zakreski, CJFE International Programs Assistant at 416-515-9622 x. 262 or azakreski@cjfe.org.