December 17, 2018

Press Freedom

Egypt

OPC Condemns sentencing of 3 in Egypt

The Overseas Press Club of America condemns the court rulings out of Cairo today. The sentences meted out to Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of Al Jazeera are outrageous and based on unacceptable standards of evidence. Indeed, the so-called proofs of their crime include at least one doctored photograph and innocuous videos that have absolutely nothing to do with their work in Egypt. In the meantime, the conditions under which the trio are kept are inhumane and cruel. The OPC of America joins journalistic colleagues the world over and the governments of a multitude of free nations in condemning this travesty of justice. We demand the reversal of the judgments today and, more importantly, the immediate release of Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed.