Saturday, May 3, 2014

On press freedom day, Egypt extends Canadian journalist’s detention

Egypt marked World Press Freedom Day, May 3, by extending the detention of four journalists — among them a Canadian citizen — who have been imprisoned for the past several months.
Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian citizen and the acting bureau chief for Al Jazeera English, was arrested by Egyptian authorities on Dec. 29, along with colleagues Peter Greste, an Australian correspondent and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian producer.
They have been accused of belonging to or aiding a terrorist organization in a case that has sparked worldwide condemnation and accusations of a crackdown on press freedom led by Egypt’s military-backed government.
The Star story

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