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London day of action for Al Jazeera staff on trial in Egypt

Show your support for threatened journalists

By Padraig Reidy / 26 February, 2014

FreeAJstaffPeter Greste and his colleagues Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been imprisoned in Egypt since 29 December 2013. They are now on trial facing charges related to terrorism, along with six other journalists being tried in absentia. They are among many local Egyptian journalists and media workers who have been detained by the Egyptian authorities.
Please join the world’s press in a Global Day of Action on Thursday 27 February with peaceful demonstrations, silent protests and individual images to demand their release. Send a message to Egypt and the world: if you silence the press, you silence us all.What we can do in the UK:In London - supporters are to meet at Trafalgar Square at midday on 27 February - taping their mouths closed in solidarity.

Across the UK - newsrooms, offices, shops, commuters, tourists – are asked to stop at midday and cover their mouths with whatever is at hand, take a selfie and post it online using the hashtag #FreeAJStaff.

Please sign the Petition, pass the message on and join this Global Day of Action in any way you can:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/583/945/591/freeajstaff-release-detained-al-jazeera-journalists/

Follow on Twitter: Free_AJ_Staff
Find the event on Facebook: freealjazeerastaff
Find out more about the case by watching Al Jazeera’s Inside Story with Index contributor Shahira Amin, Geoffrey Robertson QC and Index Senior Writer Padraig Reidy

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About Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy Padraig Reidy is a columnist for Index on Censorship. He has also written for the Observer, the Guardian, and the Irish Times.

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2 Responses to London day of action for Al Jazeera staff on trial in Egypt

  1. Andy Mabbett Reply

    27 February at 11:19

    A very important cause, but I was saddened to learn that plans for the London event include a balloon release.

    The release of balloons – even biodegradable ones – harms wildlife: http://t.co/tTgUoLLt

    Such littering is inexcusable, whatever the cause.

  2. Basil Venitis Reply

    26 February at 18:03

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