In solidarity with jailed Al-Jazzera journalists, CKMS and other community/campus radio stations will be going silent for a moment at Noon on July 1st.
Message from campaign:
After 177 days in detention, Al-Jazzera journalists - Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were each sentenced to seven years in prison, while their Egyptian colleague Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition.
The result of a corrupt trial void of any substantive evidence, the journalists are being penalized to demonstrate that honest and objective reporting on the country’s political climate will not be tolerated.
There is a call across Canada asking our government to take the lead in creating a coalition of supporting countries to pressure Egypt to reverse the conviction of these three journalists. As a country with a history of strong respect for press freedom Canada can stand up for free expression and continue to work for the release of Fahmy and his colleagues.
You can write and email:
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
We are now joining with other community/campus radio stations in a moment of silence - a moment of solidarity for the jailed journalists. We believe freedom of expression and freedom of press are critical to the functioning of a democratic society and journalism is not a crime.