By Alexandra Zakreski
Updated: Mohamed Fahmy rejoined his family later Thursday evening, while Baher Mohamed was released immediately following his court appearance.
Urges Egypt to drop all charges and release other journalists still imprisoned
Toronto, ON —Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) was heartened by this morning’s announcement that an Egyptian court has ordered imprisoned journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed to be released on bail pending the resumption of their retrial.
By Laura Tribe
As Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed prepare for a retrial in Egypt, Fahmy’s family is asking Prime Minister Harper to intervene directly.
Yesterday Egypt announced that the retrial for detained journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed will commence this Thursday, February 12.
After the release of their Australian colleague, Peter Greste, the retrial announcement was a huge blow to the family of Mohamed Fahmy and those campaigning for his release.
This morning Egypt announced that a retrial for detained Al Jazeera English journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed has been set for February 12.
Below is a statement CJFE has received from Fahmy's family.
CJFE is horrified by the recent murders of two journalists at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Iraqi photojournalist Adnan Abdul Razzaq was reportedly killed by firing squad in Mosul on January 25, while a video that appears to show Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto being beheaded by an ISIS militant was released on January 31.
Greste was released from prison yesterday and immediately deported back to Australia. However, his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed remain in detention, after more than 400 days of unjust imprisonment.
Dear CJFE members and supporters,
The new year began on a tragic note for the free expression community, as the January 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris gave us all a chilling reminder of what can be at risk when exercising our right to free expression. Although this shocking incident may feel like an anomaly, journalists around the world continue to live under threat.
Following a series of raids on Turkish opposition media outlets on December 14, 2014, CJFE sent a letter to His Excellency Selçuk Ünal, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Canada, condemning the crackdown and urging the Turkish government to free the detainees.
CJFE received a reply from Ambassador Ünal on December 23, addressing the substance of our letter. Below, you will find our subsequent reply as well as the Ambassador's letter.