An Egyptian journalists' union has expressed "deep concern" over the arrest and imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo, saying their continued detention stains the country's reputation.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Freedoms Committee of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate demanded the release of producers Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and correspondent Peter Greste, who stand accused of spreading lies harmful to state security and joining a terrorist organisation.
It expressed "deep concern over continued arrest campaigns targeting journalists and media personnel, the latest of which is the arrest of three people from the English-speaking Al Jazeera Channel, who are professional in their work, away from any political affiliation".
"The committee demands their immediate release, since their detention stains the country’s reputations abroad and is a strong proof of the policy of oppression against those who have an opposite opinion."
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