Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Release Peter Greste

I knew Peter Greste very well during the two years he worked in Afghanistan in 1994-95 and he was a professional committed to telling the truth and in those days, would put his neck on the line to get the story. Gutsy, accurate, selfless, I admire him deeply. I took this photo above in a carpet shop in Kabul with Lola Clarke in 1995.  Peter is on the right.

Today three al-Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to seven years in jail in Egypt, after being found guilty of spreading false news and supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian who heads the network's Cairo bureau, and Australian correspondent (and former BBC reporter) Peter Greste were jailed for seven years. Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed received a 10-year sentence.

The BBC are running an article today on Peter and his colleagues 'Peter Greste represents all journalists'. Please read and see how you can help Peter, Mohamed and Baher. Send messages to your nearest Egyptian diplomatic missions and protest on social media. It should not be a crime to tell the Truth

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