Journalists Demand Release of Colleagues in Egypt


The protestors are holding a peaceful protest march and sit-in at the Egyptian Embassy, to protest the imprisonment of and demand the release of Al Jazeera East Africa correspondent, Peter Greste, and his colleagues. 

Greste and his two colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been in jail in Cairo for over a month without charge.

On Wednesday Peter's appeal was denied, and local news agencies in Cairo state that the journalists would be charged in a criminal court with aiding terrorist activities.

Greste was among the 20 journalists including 16 Egypt nationals who were arrested and are facing charges in court for allegedly belonging to terrorist organizations.

The 16 Egyptian defendants face several allegations including belonging to a terrorist group, harming national unity and social peace, and using terrorism as a means to their goals.

The foreigners are accused of collaborating with the Egyptians and providing them with information, equipment, and money as well as broadcasting false information and rumours to convince the international community that Egypt was undergoing a civil war.

The journalists were accused despite a plea by international news networks for their release.

The peaceful demonstrations by local and international journalists today started from Valley Arcade in Nairobi, to the Egypt Embassy.

By Diana Kariuki

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