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Global Day of Action For Detained Journalists in Egypt

Global Day of Action For Detained Journalists in Egypt

Even in Cambodia, protests were held. [Photo via @dparvas from Twitter]
Even in Cambodia, protests were held. [Photo via @dparvas from Twitter]

By Arwa Gaballa and Mohamed Khairat, EgyptianStreets.com

Journalists and activists from around the world organized demonstrations on Thursday on the “global day of action” to urge the Egyptian government to release the Al Jazeera journalists who have been detained since December. 

Among those arrested is Australian journalist Peter Greste whose parents in Australia started a petition earlier this month demanding that he be released. 

The Qatari-owned news channel, Al Jazeera, has been accused of spreading false news with the purpose of threatening national security and disrupting order. 

After the Al Jazeera office was shut down following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, a few journalists had used a room at Cairo’s Marriott Hotel to continue to air news. 

Upon their arrest late December, they were accused of operating illegally and collaborating with a “terrorist organization” which the Muslim Brotherhood was declared as earlier that month. 

The case became known in the media as the “Marriott Cell” and despite calls for the journalists’ release, they remain detained over many accusations. 

Below is a round-up of photographs from the ‘Global Day of Action’:

Qatar

Al-Jazeera's Doha newsroom.
Al-Jazeera’s Doha newsroom.

United Kingdon

Sky News journalists show their solidarity.
Sky News journalists show their solidarity.
In London, black balloons were released. (via @LucyPawle from Twitter).
In London, black balloons were released. (via @LucyPawle from Twitter).

United States of America

Even students from Columbia University protested (via @SalmaAmer from Twitter).
Even students from Columbia University protested (via @SalmaAmer from Twitter).
Press at the United Nations in NYC
Press at the United Nations in NYC

Australia

Sydney, Australia held a small protest in support of Peter Greste.
Sydney, Australia held a small protest in support of Peter Greste.

The West Bank (Palestine)

Dozens gathered in Ramallah to show their support for detained journalists.
Dozens gathered in Ramallah to show their support for detained journalists (via @AlanFisher from Twitter).

Nigeria

In Abuja, Nigeria, the family of one detained journalists also protested.
In Abuja, Nigeria, the family of one detained journalists also protested.

Kenya

Nairobi (photo by Christena Dowsett)
Nairobi (photo by Christena Dowsett)

South Africa

southafrica
Protests in South Africa

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