Thursday, June 26, 2014

Matt Landon interviewed by Al Jazeera English TV and VAN solidarity statement

Thanks to Al Jazeera English TV for interviewing VAN volunteer Matt Landon on June 24-25, 2014 in Vancouver, WA about our Twitter Train Watch activities.  The piece should air the week of July 1-7.  Stay tuned for more details. 
We would also like to condemn the illegal jailing, unfair trial, and harsh sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed in Egypt this week.  These journalists were documenting pro-government protests and two of them received seven year prison sentences while the third received a 10 year sentence.  An attack on journalists anywhere is an attack on journalists everywhere. 
"Today three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. 'Guilty' of covering stories with great skill and integrity. 'Guilty' of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world," said Al Anstey, Al Jazeera English’s managing director.
Here is a list of Egyptian Embassies in the United States.
Please take a moment to send an email and make a phone call asking that the Egyptian government release these journalists.

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