Jazeera journalists honored with free speech prize
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.