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Free speech, caged – journalists jailed in Egypt

23 June 2014

5:14 PM

23 June 2014

5:14 PM

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.

(Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty)

(Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty)

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.

A journalist flashes the V-sign (Photo: MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty)

(Photo: MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty)

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.

(Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty)

(Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty)

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