Statement of the Spokesperson on the sentencing of the Al Jazeerah journalists in Egypt
By. Mohamed Adel
"Today's sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed represents a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt. Peter Greste's sentencing in absentia further questions the credibility of the process; it is in breach of Egypt's obligations under international law. We look forward to the appeals process and reiterate our call for the release of the defendants. Free, diverse and independent media are essential in a democratic society and we expect active steps to be taken to promote a safe environment for journalists".