Egypt: Court sentences journalists to three years in prison
August 30 , 2015
Three Al-Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to three years in prison by an Egyptian judge in a verdict that has been slammed by activists as an assault on the freedom of press.
The trio, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, had already spent over 400 days in prison. Greste, an Australian journalist who was deported home earlier this year, was convicted in absentia.
Mostefa Souag, the acting general director of the Al-Jazeera Media Network, described the verdict as a “dark day for the Egyptian judiciary”.