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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:


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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 is the editor of Little Atoms and 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

    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

    26 February at 18:03


    EU practices double standards on civil rights. It’s freakish for EU to interfere in the civil rights of foreigners, but condone the abuse of my civil rights, a citizen of EU! EU should get its own house in order before lecturing others. EU should rein in Greece, the most corrupt country of Europe.


    The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example is my persecution by the government of Greece, a Third World country, which grossly violates my civil rights.


    Martin Niemöller said:
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me!

    Basil Venitis, venitis@gmail.com, http://venitism.blogspot.com, @Venitis

    It’s been now more than three years since the disgusting Pasok government of Greece stole my life, my computer, and my files. Nobody cares, nobody gives a damn! I have done absolutely nothing, and I am being persecuted by the Greek government without any real reason. My ordeal is against all rules of civil society and treaties that Greece has signed. Greece, a country without a functioning justice system, has gone bananas.



    On October 18, 2010, a gang of six brutal policemen of the violent Greek Cybercrime Unit (CCU), supervised by a dishonest prosecutor, raided my home in Athens and stole my computer, software, files, documents, and personal data.


    The policemen locked me in jail for a night, they humiliated me with handcuffs, fingerprints, mug shots, and lies, leaked false information to the media parrots, and the Greek government initiated sham ex-officio court proceedings for a stack of freakish trumped-up charges!


    There was neither pillow nor toilet facility in my jail cell. I had to urinate in a bottle! I, a 69-years-old man with high blood pressure, was not allowed to keep my hypertension pills with me. There was neither toilet paper nor soap in the whole CCU jail.


    Ex-officio law suit, αυτεπαγγελτος, the most dreadful word in justice, means the state sues somebody without involvement of the accuser. This terrible scheme has been used by the freakish Greek government to persecute me. Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, sued me, and she wouldn’t show up in court, because the state took over her position! Greece, a country of infinite political corruption, perjury, injustice, and brutal police, must be revamped.


    At the ex-officio law suit, the accuser just hits and runs! This hit-and-run justice is the most disgusting kangaroo justice on Earth. The accused must be in a position to face his accuser eyeball to eyeball. The malicious accuser slings false accusations against you, the state takes over, the accuser disappears from the court, and the trial is postponed infinite times! This is penalty of the presumed innocent. This is penalty without trial. This is kangaroo justice of Third World countries! This is barbarity and brutality, pure and simple. Shame, shame, shame on Greece.


    Please send appeals:
    • Calling for the immediate stop of the persecution of Basil Venitis.
    • Stating that you believe the charges to be politically motivated and intended to prevent him continuing his legitimate human rights activities and from exercising his right to freedom of expression.
    • Seeking assurances that the civil rights of Basil Venitis are always respected.

    Email appeals to all addresses of Miniluv and Minitrue below:


    adaskalopoulou@justice.gov.gr, adialeti@justice.gov.gr, aeleftheriadou@justice.gov.gr, afoka@justice.gov.gr, AGlikou@justice.gov.gr, aiakovidis@justice.gov.gr, akafourou@justice.gov.gr, akokkori@justice.gov.gr, aliakou@justice.gov.gr, allusers@justice.gov.gr, allusers@parliament.gr, AMagoulas@justice.gov.gr, amakris@justice.gov.gr, amanoussaki@justice.gov.gr, anapl.ypourgos@ypes.gr, anikolettos@justice.gov.gr, apaloglou@justice.gov.gr, apapakotsi@justice.gov.gr, arandi@justice.gov.gr, avarela@justice.gov.gr, avasilopoulou@justice.gov.gr, azantza@justice.gov.gr, azikogianni@justice.gov.gr, consultants@primeminister.gr, d.panagiotopoulos@protodikeio-ath.gr, dbouzouneraki@justice.gov.gr, dendias@otenet.gr, desk@justice.gov.gr, DGioutikas@justice.gov.gr, diamesolavisi@justice.gov.gr, dias.dikastes@justice.gr, dias.yd2004@justice.gr, dkamvassis@justice.gov.gr, DKatras@justice.gov.gr, DMaroulidis@justice.gov.gr, dmoraitou@justice.gov.gr, dpa.endikamesa@dprotodikeio-ath.gr, 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