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High profile news presenters have appeared in a video message to show their support for Al Jazeera reporters jailed in Egypt.
The YouTube video features CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, ITN’s Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham, Channel 7 Australia’s Mark Ferguson, and Al Jazeera English’s Shiulie Ghosh. In the video, they ask viewers to imagine a world without uncensored media.
“Imagine a world where reality is distorted, imagine being kept in the dark about major world events, and imagine being silenced when speaking out could save your life,” the journalists say, from their respective newsdesks.
#FreeAJStaff social media campaign
The video is part of Al Jazeera’s social media campaign #FreeAJStaff, where online users are encouraged to show their support by posting photos of themselves with their mouths taped. Al Jazeera reports that the campaign has garnered 786 million impressions since it launched in February.
Al Jazeera English’s managing director, Al Anstey, said he was grateful for the outpouring of support.
“We are very grateful to our colleagues around the world for their support of our staff detained in Egypt. Mohamed, Baher, and Peter are world-class journalists and are in detention for simply doing their job.”
“We have seen massive support for them and for journalism from all corners of the globe, so the message of this film is clear – journalism matters and people have a right to be heard and to be informed,” he said.
Al Jazeera reporters Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and local journalist Baher Mohamed have been detained since December 29, 2013 for “airing false news” about Egypt.
They are due back in court on Monday, 24 March.