AIB slams sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt
| 24 June 2014
The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) has protested in the strongest of terms regarding the jailing of the Al Jazeera journalists working in Egypt.
Journalists Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison and Baher Mohamed to a total of ten years after being charged with aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and reporting false news about events in Egypt. All three journalists vehemently denied the charges.
"AIB and its members have been shocked by both the verdicts and the sentencing in this case. The case against the journalists was repeatedly demonstrated to be flawed," said AIB chief executive Simon Spanswick. "This Association joins the international call for the case to be reviewed immediately and the journalists released ... Not a single piece of evidence was found to support the charges against them in a court case that at times bordered on the farcical. AIB calls on the Egyptian authorities to release the three Al Jazeera journalists and start an immediate, thorough and transparent review of the case to restore some level of international trust in Egypt's justice system."
Al Anstey, Al Jazeera English managing director, said the verdicts defied "logic, sense, and any semblance of justice". "Today three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists... [They are] 'guilty' of covering stories with great skill and integrity. 'Guilty' of defending people's right to know what is going on in their world," Anstey said.