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Egypt Slaps White House, Jails Al Jazeera Journalists for 7 Years

Egypt is cracking down on the media -- three Al Jazeera reporters were sentenced this week to jail for 7 years.
BBC team in Baghdad protests Egyptian court verdict jailing fellow journalists for seven years.

BBC team in Baghdad protests Egyptian court verdict jailing fellow journalists for seven years.
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Journalists around the world are expressing outrage in the wake of an Egyptian court’s decision to sentence three Al Jazeera journalists to prison for seven years.

The three were taken from their hotel room in Cairo in December 2013 and charged with conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to tarnish Egypt’s international reputation. Australian ex-BBC reporter Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and local Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were among 20 accused in connection with the charges.

Al Jazeera has denied the accusations and journalists around the world have condemned Egypt for conducting what is seen as a direct campaign by Egypt’s new president to snuff out freedom of speech.

In the United States, the issue was also perceived as a diplomatic slap to the White House, which condemned the sentence. Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri to express his government’s “serious displeasure” over the matter.

The court decision had come just one day after Kerry’s unannounced visit to Cairo in which he announced that Washington had unfrozen billions of dollars in military aid to Egypt. He also vowed during his visit that the U.S. would deliver 10 Apache attack helicopters for use in the fight against terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.

Newly-elected President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi refused to “interfere in the judicial verdict,” setting off an international firestorm.

“Egypt should review its unacceptable sentences against Egyptian and international journalists, and show commitment to freedom of the press,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Al Jazeera reported.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott added that his government would work to get the imprisoned journalists out of the country “quickly.”

Leaders from various other international groups said that they, too, would work to free the journalists.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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30 Responses to “Egypt Slaps White House, Jails Al Jazeera Journalists for 7 Years”

  1. Cory Detton via Facebook says:

    Things are fine with out people fear mongering . Control through chaos . You know how that works . Gravitation . People in fear gravitate to who they think will care for them best in chaos .

  2. Cory Detton says:

    Things are fine with out people fear mongering . Control through chaos . You know how that works . Gravitation . People in fear gravitate to who they think will care for them best in chaos .

  3. Cory Detton says:

    Things are fine with out people fear mongering . Control through chaos . You know how that works . Gravitation . People in fear gravitate to who they think will care for them best in chaos .

  4. Cory Detton says:

    Things are fine with out people fear mongering . Control through chaos . You know how that works . Gravitation . People in fear gravitate to who they think will care for them best in chaos .

  5. Cory Detton via Facebook says:

    Let it be . I would like to see Eurasia some day . The whole of it .

  6. Cory Detton says:

    Let it be . I would like to see Eurasia some day . The whole of it .

  7. Mike Burke via Facebook says:

    I’m an Australian Jew and I have no problem with the verdicts…maybe now gullible Westerners will think twice about jumping for the pay packets offered to push the Qatari government line!

  8. Mike Burke says:

    I’m an Australian Jew and I have no problem with the verdicts…maybe now gullible Westerners will think twice about jumping for the pay packets offered to push the Qatari government line!

  9. Mike Burke says:

    I’m an Australian Jew and I have no problem with the verdicts…maybe now gullible Westerners will think twice about jumping for the pay packets offered to push the Qatari government line!

  10. Graham Coffey says:

    Not a good look….let's hope the new Egypt PM will give the matter some more thought.

  11. what a dumb kopf! Wait for the verdict and then decide if you're gonna give the Egypts the military aid – they screw you and you reward them for it sheesh!!!

  12. Linda Penner-Gregg via Facebook says:

    come get obama and his crew too

  13. come get obama and his crew too

  14. come get obama and his crew too

  15. come get obama and his crew too

  16. Methink Egypt know where to draw the line between freedom of press and uncensored religious incitment!

  17. Methink Egypt know where to draw the line between freedom of press and uncensored religious incitment!

  18. Adam Auach says:

    In this case Egypt is right, almost every person on the Arabic language AJZ show Without Borders for example is a MB member.

  19. Elaine Racussen via Facebook says:

    Anybody remember the fate of American Jewish Journalist Daniel Pearl?????? Beheaded on TV …

  20. Anybody remember the fate of American Jewish Journalist Daniel Pearl?????? Beheaded on TV …

  21. Anybody remember the fate of American Jewish Journalist Daniel Pearl?????? Beheaded on TV …

  22. Anybody remember the fate of American Jewish Journalist Daniel Pearl?????? Beheaded on TV …

  23. Dean Hulsey says:

    Good for the Egypt.

  24. Peace has come to Egypt? Meet the Democratic representitive animal – first say – My than say loud and proud the Biblical version of the animals name! Did you say it? I knew you could! I miss Mr Rogers don’t you?

  25. Peace has come to Egypt? Meet the Democratic representitive animal – first say – My than say loud and proud the Biblical version of the animals name! Did you say it? I knew you could! I miss Mr Rogers don’t you?

  26. Karen Bryant says:

    Was this after they got their helicopters and money from obama?

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