25.4 C
Doha
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste freed from Egyptian jail

-

Al Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste on a previous assignment to South Africa
Al Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste on a previous assignment to South Africa

Egyptian authorities say they’ve released Australian Peter Greste, one of three journalists employed by Qatar-based Al Jazeera who have been imprisoned for more than a year.

Media reports citing Egypt’s state news agency say Greste was taken to Cairo’s airport to be deported to his native Australia, and Al Jazeera has issued a statement confirming Greste’s release.

The Guardian quoted a spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Interior as saying:

“A presidential decree has been issued to deport him to continue his punishment period in Australia. The foreign ministry co-ordinated with the Australian embassy and his plane took off at 4pm or 4:10pm (local time).”

Jailed Al Jazeera English journalists.
Jailed Al Jazeera English journalists.

There was no immediate word on the fate of fellow Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who were also charged with supporting the Muslim Brotherhood – a now-banned organization in Egypt – and convicted in a trial that drew international condemnation.

Al Jazeera denied the allegations against its employees.

While the broadcaster welcomed news of Greste’s release, it reissued its call for his two colleagues also to be freed.

Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, said in a statement:

“We’re pleased for Peter and his family that they are to be reunited. It has been an incredible and unjustifiable ordeal for them, and they have coped with incredible dignity. Peter’s integrity is not just intact, but has been further enhanced by the fortitude and sacrifice he has shown for his profession of informing the public.

“We will not rest until Baher and Mohamed also regain their freedom. The Egyptian authorities have it in their power to finish this properly today, and that is exactly what they must do.”

The three men were arrested in December 2013 amid heightened tensions between Egypt and Qatar, which supported the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government of President Mohamed Mursi that was ousted by the military in mid-2013.

Relations between the two countries appear to have warmed in recent months. Egypt’s new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with a special envoy representing Qatar’s Emir in December as part of a Saudi-backed effort to ease tensions.

That was followed by an announcement that Al Jazeera would suspend its Egypt-focused channel, Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr. The station had previously been a sore point between Doha and Cairo, with the new military-backed Egyptian government accusing Al Jazeera and Qatar of acting as the Brotherhood’s proxy by airing the group’s views.

Al Jazeera, for its part, said it always aimed to present all angles of its stories.

Thoughts?

11 COMMENTS

Subscribe
Notify of
11 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Siddqui
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Siddqui
6 years ago

“his plan took off at 4pm or 4:10pm” *Plane

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago

“to continue his punishment period in Australia” wouldn’t be the first time! But joking aside….what punishment period!? It was in the appeals court, still in progress sort of thing no?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Good news, the press should not be censored. Freedom of information is important for all humankind to make informed decision.

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago

Finally! Good luck Peter, and no thanks to Qatar….

filmingindoha
filmingindoha
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Seriously? No thanks to Qatar? I understand you’re a regular Qatar-basher on here, but this comment is just dumb. Qatar made Al Jazeera reporter’s freedom a central point in negotiations with Egypt, mede compromises and sacrifices in order to free them.

Peter Pickle
Peter Pickle
6 years ago
Reply to  filmingindoha

what sacrifices are you referring to?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Just goes to show how pathetic and small you really are ..

Bra_Beige
Bra_Beige
6 years ago

A travesty of justice partially remedied – time to free the other two.

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago

Great news for Peter. 400+ days in an Egyptian prison must have been a nightmare, especially for a crime that wasn’t committed and didn’t exist.
Qatar has been working tirelessly for his release, let’s hope they continue and that Mohamed and Baher are also released quickly.
It was never in any doubt that these men did nothing wrong, and that Egypt simply wanted to punish Qatar for their support of MB.
The sad truth is that as Qatar takes an increasingly prominent role in regional affairs, those representing Qatar ( or merely associated with Qatar, as was the case here) will be at risk from those who disagree with Qatar foreign policy.

Peter Pickle
Peter Pickle
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

Those in Qatar who disagree with Qatar’s foreign policy is also at risk.

hohum
hohum
6 years ago

Qatar is no different, they are more than willing to imprison people on baseless allegations. Great to hear Peter has been released.

Related Articles

- Advertisment -

Most Read

Msheireb Doha Downtown responds to backlash over restroom sign

0
Msheireb Doha Downtown management has taken down a restroom sign that has criticised online. A sign from toilet facilities in Msheireb Doha Downtown (Msheireb) sparked...

Subscribe to Doha News below!

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.