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Guild Joins in Global Outrage Over Journalists Jailed in Egypt

From a Guild statement today: In handing down prison sentences this morning for three Al-Jazeera journalists, Egypt seeks to intimidate all media workers dedicated to exposing its government’s brutality and corruption.It is a chilling strategy, one that all journalists, all media associations, as well as the U.S. State Department and other global democracies, must swiftly and thunderously condemn. The Newspaper Guild-CWA joins with all journalists, and all people of conscience, in that condemnation, and in demanding that Egypt immediately release Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed. “These men are career journalists whose backgrounds include work at the BBC and CNN. They made the ‘mistake’ of doing their jobs, of accurately portraying civil unrest in Egypt,” TNG-CWA President Bernie Lunzer said. “They were convicted on trumped-up charges in a farce of a trial, after being held in inhumane conditions for months. That could be their fate for seven to 10 more years unless we can pressure and shame Egypt into doing what is right and just.”