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Friday 29 August 2014

Journalists protest Egypt jailings

Published 04/02/2014 | 12:52

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A member of the media sits with black tape across her mouth, signifying the silencing of the media (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A protester sits next to a banner showing detained Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Journalists in Kenya have staged a protest at the Egyptian Embassy against the imprisonment of reporters in Cairo.

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Nearly 100 journalists and supporters took part in the march and demonstration. Robin Kriel, co-chair of the local foreign correspondents association, delivered a letter and met with the deputy ambassador.

The protesters called for all journalists jailed in Egypt to be freed but focused their attention on Peter Greste, a Nairobi-based correspondent for Al Jazeera who has been in custody since December 29.

Twenty journalists working for Al Jazeera face charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security.

Three men working for Al-Jazeera - Mohammed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian, Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, and Greste - were arrested on December 29 in a Cairo hotel.

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