Three journalists working for Al-Jazeera in Egypt have been sentenced to between seven and ten years in an Egyptian jail on ‘terrorist-related’ offences.
The former BBC correspondent Peter Greste and the journalist Mohamed Fahmy have been jailed for seven years, while Baher Mohamed, a local producer, has been jailed for 10 years.
Throughout the trial, the defendants have been kept in cages in the Cairo courtroom. This dark day for journalism should remind us why a free press is so fundamental to democracy.
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