Jazeera jour­nal­ists hon­ored with free speech prize

The China Post - - ARTS -

Three Al-Jazeera jour­nal­ists who served jail terms in Egypt were hon­ored Tues­day for stand­ing up for free­dom of speech de­spite in­tim­i­da­tion and in­car­cer­a­tion.

This year’s Free­dom of Speech Award from the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Press Clubs (IAPC) went to Aus­tralian Peter Greste, who ac­cepted the honor also on be­half of Mo­hamed Fahmy and Mo­hamed Ba­her, at a cer­e­mony in the Pol­ish cap­i­tal War­saw.

Greste hailed Egypt’s re­cent re­lease of his two Jazeera tele­vi­sion col­leagues along with scores of other de­tainees, but said Cairo needed to do more to guar­an­tee fun­da­men­tal free­doms in or­der to se­cure na­tional sta­bil­ity.

Af­ter their ar­rest in De­cem­ber 2013, a Cairo court sen­tenced Greste and his two col­leagues for fab­ri­cat­ing “false” news in sup­port of the banned Mus­lim Brother- hood move­ment.

Ba­her and Fahmy were par­doned and re­leased from jail late last month. Fahmy, a Cana­dian jour­nal­ist rep­re­sented by high pro­file lawyer Amal Clooney, an­nounced Tues­day he was fly­ing home. Greste, who was de­ported to Aus­tralia by pres­i­den­tial de­cree in Fe­bru­ary af­ter spend­ing 400 days in jail, told AFP Tues­day he has still not been for­mally par­doned and fears ar­rest when he trav­els out­side Aus­tralia.

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