Al Jazeera condemns Egypt death sentences

Media network and other organisations strongly condemn the death sentence for espionage against two of its employees. Al Jazeera has strongly condemned the death sentence for espionage against two of the network’s journalists by an Egyptian court, in what human rights groups have dismissed as a politicised case and a sham trial. The court on […]

Free my Father, the World’s Longest Imprisoned Journalist

By Aigul Bekzhanova My name is Aigul, and I am writing to you about my father, imprisoned journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov. My father is the world’s longest imprisoned journalist, together with his codefendant Yusuf Ruzimuradov from the same paper, jailed at the same time in 1999. My father’s crime? He dared to speak the truth about […]

Hague prosecutor demands prison, fine for Lebanese journalist

A journalist who ignored a court order to take down videos that risked exposing the identities of witnesses in the case of Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri’s murder should serve a year in prison, a Hague prosecutor said on Monday. Television reporter Karma al-Khayat was convicted of contempt of court 10 days ago for ignoring […]

Egypt journalists face jail for reporting non-government terrorism statistics

New law awaiting presidential approval outlaws the publication of ‘false news or data about any terrorist operations that contradicts official statements’ Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism statistics that differ from those the government provides. Under […]

FIFA to Investigate BBC Staff Arrest, Imprisonment for Qatar World Cup Reporting

FIFA will investigate the arrest and the detention of BBC staff who were apprehended in Qatar while reporting on the difficulties faced by migrant workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Dan Roan of BBC Sport confirmed the football governing body’s intentions on Monday: The BBC’s Mark Lobel went to Qatar to report on 2022 […]

Egyptian Authorities Arrest Hussein Abdel Halim, Journalist Who Exposed Police Corruption

Last week, journalist Hussein Abdel Halim helped produce a series of blistering news reports that alleged corruption amongst the Egyptian security apparatus. This weekend, Abdel Halim was arrested, according to Egypt’s Ministry of the Interior. The announcement, made on the ministry’s Facebook page, said that the reporter was taken in on a routine sweep of […]

EX-News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson jailed for phone hacking

As fallout continues from Britain’s tabloid phone-hacking scandal, former News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson was sentenced Friday to eight months in prison for conspiring to hack the phones of celebrities, politicians and royals. Another former reporter from the tabloid has been found guilty of paying a prison official for information, the first […]

Jailed al-Jazeera journalists guided by ‘devil’, says Egyptian court

Australian reporter Peter Greste and colleagues accused of taking ‘advantage of the noble profession of journalism’ Share 454 inShare 9 Email Agence France-Presse theguardian.com, Wednesday 23 July 2014 02.37 BST Al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy, center, and Australian Peter Greste Left to right: al-Jazeera’s Baher Mohamed, Mohammed Fahmy and Peter Greste were […]

Pakistan seeks pardon for jailed journalist in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday appealed to Afghan president Hamid Karzai to issue a pardon to a journalist facing a four-year jail term in Afghanistan for “contacting terrorists.” Faizullah Khan, a reporter with the Pakistani private TV channel ARY news, was arrested in April by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province. He was sentenced earlier this […]