Total Pageviews

Monday, 2 February 2015

Peter Greste Finally Freed

Peter Greste reports for Al-Jazeera on "Writing on the wall for Rwanda's typists" from Kigali in October 2013, two months before he was falsely arrested in Egypt.
See video below.
Qatar-based Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, 49, has finally been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus after 400 days in a Cairo jail. Greste was freed by order of Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi under a new law allowing foreign prisoners to be deported. His unjust jailing, along with that of two Al-Jazeera colleagues, provoked an international outcry.
Greste, an ex-BBC, Reuters and CNN foreign correspondent, was arrested in December 2013 and tried on trumped up charges that included spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. Greste was found guilty and sentenced to seven years jail last June 23.
Greste's colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, remain jailed. It is hoped Fahmy will be deported to Canada, but concern remains about Mohamed, who holds no dual nationality. Fahmy, who holds dual Egyptian and Canadian citizenship, may be freed after having his Egyptian nationality revoked.
The three rightly denied the charges against them and declared their trial a sham. They were wrongly accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013. In their defence, the three men said they were simply reporting the news.

Not quite as pristine as Richard Polt's latest acquisition

They have been producing documents, and even love letters, for people with no access to printers or computers. But the relentless march of technology is forcing street typists in Rwanda to re-adjust.

No comments: