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.
Baher received an additional six months in prison. The state news agency MENA said that extra time was handed down because
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.
Shearer said the proposed law that could jail journalists was "completely unknown" to her, but that she felt there was adequate
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."
"So in principle that is also an avenue that might be pursued but that is the prerogative of the head of state when he deems
"I urged (the Egyptian foreign minister) to consider releasing Peter Greste for Christmas, we wanted him out and home as
Greste noted that while it appears as if little has been accomplished on his behalf, the jailing of Al Jazeera's journalists
"Dear Mr. President el-Sisi,” Peter’s Greste’s father, Juris Greste, said solemnly at a televised press conference in Brisbane
Here's how journalists continued the fight on Friday: Friday marked the 300th day that the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt