The president pardoned three Al Jazeera journalists who had been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt because of their journalism. The trial was characterized by The New York Times as a "kangaroo court."
The move comes a day before Sissi is slated to attend the annual U.N. summit of world leaders.
For the sake of the Al Jazeera journalists and media freedom in Egypt at large, Amnesty International is working to resuscitate the lifeline between the truth and truth seekers.
CAIRO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday
My clock is ticking. Time is close. Come judgment day, I dread becoming another statistic languishing behind bars, referred to by a hashtag on Twitter knowing that the outcome of the trial may have nothing to do with evidence but merely based on the political score settling between Qatar and Egypt. It will be much harder this time around to get locked up for a crime I didn't commit after tasting freedom.
"Neither I nor iMediaEthics have any connection whatsoever with any governments!" Shearer wrote in an email to The WorldPost
The journalists were originally sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison on charges including spreading lies to
After a series of high-level meetings to discuss press freedom concerns with Egyptian officials in Cairo earlier this month, it was heartening to hear that journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had been granted bail.
There has never been a more perilous time for freedom of expression. The beheading by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of yet another journalist, this time a Japanese correspondent named Kenji Goto, is part of the continuing horror.
Both IFJ and UNESCO have been quite active in promoting the topic and have published guidebooks on how journalists can protect themselves in various scenarios that spell trouble. It's the belief that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."