World Bulletin / News Desk
More than 140 million people have joined the FreeAJStaff campaign on Twitter and other social networking sites, calling for Egypt to release three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned for 10 years.
Al Jazeera has been leading the campaign for the release of Australian reporter Peter Greste, dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian network producer Baher Mohamed with the hashtag, after the three were sentenced in June.
The three were convicted of aiding a 'terrorist' group - a reference to ousted president Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group - by broadcasting lies that harmed national security and supplying money, equipment and information to a group of Egyptians.
Morsi's removal was followed by a security crackdown on activists and some media outlets, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which was labelled as a 'terrorist' organization, and the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network.
Al Jazeera, whose Qatari owners back the Brotherhood and have been at odds with Egypt's post-coup leadership, said the court ruling defied "logic, sense and any semblance of justice".
According to the Middle East Monitor (MEMO), nearly 40 correspondents and editors representing 29 international media organizations sent a letter to the Egyptian authorities to demand the journalists' immediate release.
The letter was signed by Christiane Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent and a member of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, and reporters and editors for NPR, The Washington Post, Le Monde, France 24 and The Economist, among other news outlets, MEMO reported.Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Eylül 2014, 15:00