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Free journalists in Egypt now

THERE WILL BE a public meeting to mark one week since the journalists in Egypt were sentenced. It's on Monday 30 June at 18.30 at NUJ headquarters, Headland House in London.

Michelle Stanistreet will chair the event and the speakers confirmed so far include Paul Mason - Channel 4, Jim Boumelha - IFJ president, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Michael Hodgkin - FoC at Al Jazeera English.

Sign the solidarity letter: The NUJ will hand in a letter to Ashraf Elkholy, Ambassador at the Egyptian Embassy on Monday 30 June. We are collecting signatures to add to the letter now. The letter calls on the Egyptian government to release the journalists immediately. If you would like to add your name to the letter then please email campaigns@nuj.org.uk

Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy have been sentenced to seven years in jail. Baher Mohamed has been sentenced to ten years in jail. Other Al Jazeera journalists Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane, Rena Netjes and Sue Turton have all been sentenced to 10 years in absentia.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "The outcry and protests show the strength of support for journalists in Egypt and we denounce the sentences. We call on all those with influence in Egypt to demand the sentences are quashed and the journalists released immediately. Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane, Rena Netjes and Sue Turton are journalists. They are not terrorists. They are not criminals. They have been jailed simply for doing their jobs. Governments must not be allowed to deny journalists, wherever they are, the right to report. The freedom of journalists must be maintained at all times and is absolutely essential in every society."

For more information and to keep up-to-date about the campaign, visit the dedicated page on the NUJ website, linked below.

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