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Journalism is not a crime: Al Jazeera launches global campaign to free staff

by Tiffany Gibson Modified: February 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm •  Published: February 27, 2014
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People from all over the world are coming together today to take part in a campaign for the release of Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt.

You might have noticed the tag #FreeAJStaff trending on Twitter with photos of people holding up a piece of paper with the hashtag written on it.

The journalists were detained and charged with having links to a “terrorist organization” and spreading false news. Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed pleaded not guilty Thursday; their trial has now been adjourned until March 5, according to Al Jazeera America.

Al Jazeera has denied all charges against its staff and has demanded their release.

“With our colleagues still detained and vital press freedoms still at stake, Al Jazeera is now calling for a Global Day of Action on February 27th. On this day, Al Jazeera invites you to show solidarity and support for journalists who have been detained, mistreated or stifled in Egypt.”

Check out some of these Instagram photos and use the tag on any of your social networks to join the campaign. 

by Tiffany Gibson
News Online Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the digital news team. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media accounts. A Tennessee...
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