Journalists Eric Campbell, Jonathan Holmes and Peter Lloyd attend a Sydney protest calling for the release of Australian Peter Greste in Egypt. Photo by Mohammad Rassawala.
Amnesty International today submitted a petition to the Sydney Egyptian Consulate calling for the immediate and unconditional release of journalists.
Australian Peter Greste was detained with his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and five Egyptian students who have been held in prison for 90 days on charges of assisting The Muslim Brotherhood, a formerly legal political group that is now banned as a terrorist front.
Noted journalists such as ABC foreign correspondent Eric Campbell and Jonathan Holmes were among those who turned out to support a demonstration outside the consulate in Surry Hills.
Claire Mallinson, the national director of Amnesty, told the demonstrators it was important that supporters of press freedom continue tweeting about the campaign using the hashtag #freeajstaff. “It’s a very powerful medium” in Egypt, she said. – Rebekah Day
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