#FreeAJStaff: Jailing of Journalists Triggers Internet Outrage


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Monday's news that an Egyptian court has convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges has led to a large outcry from rights groups, journalists, other news organizations and more across social media using the phrase 'Journalism is not a crime.'

The sentences were handed down against Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed, who also received an extra three years in prison on separate charges.The judge also handed 10-year sentences to two British journalists and a Dutch journalist who were not in Egypt and being tried in absentia.