Target: Interim President Adly Mansour
Goal: Release detained Al Jazeera journalists
Even with a new government taking power, Egypt continues to step on human rights, specifically free speech and freedom of the press. The nation has continued to detain three Al Jazeera journalists, claiming that they were involved with a terrorist group and that they were falsifying news. Sign this petition and demand for their immediate release.
Egypt claims that the journalists are involved with the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood and they stand accused of belonging and assisting the group. The journalists – Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed – have been detained since December 2013, where security forces arrested the journalists at their hotels and respective homes. Five students were also arrested with the same accusation two days later and have been detained since.
At present, the Egyptian authorities have failed to provide any proof that the journalists have been assisting or aiding any terrorist group. Authorities have also refused to treat Fahmy’s injured shoulder, which was sustained a few days before his arrest. He has a fracture bone in his arm and the injury is only worsening because of lack of medical care and poor prison conditions.
The arrest of the Al Jazeera journalists is due to political reasons. Egypt’s and Qatar’s relationships have been worsening, and with Al Jazeera based in Qatar, authorities in Egypt are becoming paranoid and suspicious. Egypt has also begun targeting news outlets that seem to support the Muslim Brotherhood and the ousted president Mohammed Morsi. The interim president has done little to resolve the issue even though he wrote a note to the journalists’ families saying that this problem will be solved shortly.
These intimidation methods by Egypt should not continue. With a new government rising in power, the country should ensure that human rights are being upheld, including freedom of speech and media. Sign this petition and demand the journalists’ immediate release.
Dear President Adly Mansour,
I am writing to ask that you pardon and release the detained Al Jazeera journalists. Your nation has yet to find any incriminating evidence that these journalists are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood or even to the ousted president Morsi. More than likely these journalists were doing their jobs and had no ill will towards your nation.
As your new government is being established, I ask that you ensure that human rights are respected and upheld. This means that views and opinions on both sides of the political spectrum can be expressed without retribution, and the media can publish what they see fit. This move towards detaining journalists Fahmy, Greste, and Mohamed is ridiculous, and has sparked outrage from both the United Nations and Amnesty International. Again, I implore you to release these journalists and allow them to return home.
[Your Name Here]
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