Join campaign to free Peter Greste
The Melbourne Press Club has joined the global campaign in support of Australian journalist Peter Greste who has been detained in Egypt for almost three months on discredited charges of spreading false news and belonging to a terrorist group.
Guests at the Club's annual Quill Awards dinner on Friday, March 21, are being urged to unite in tweeting calls for the immediate release of Greste and his Al Jazeerah colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.
A poster circulated ahead of the dinner declaring "Journalism is not a crime" condemns the decision by Egyptian authorities to imprison the trio for simply doing their job as professional, independent journalists. Click here to download a copy of the poster.
Despite reports that Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, has promised to “spare no effort” to quickly resolve the case, Greste and his colleagues still face the threat of a seven-year jail sentence.
They are due to reappear in an Egyptian court on Monday, March 24.