NUJ to host Derry protest in support of jailed Al Jazeera journalists

Al Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, award-winning Nairobi-based correspondent Peter Greste, and Cairo-based producer Baher Mohamed.
Al Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, award-winning Nairobi-based correspondent Peter Greste, and Cairo-based producer Baher Mohamed.

The Derry branch of the National Union of Journalists will meet in Guildhall Square this (Thursday) afternoon to show solidarity with the Al Jazeera journalists jailed by the Egyptian government.

The event will be one in a number of protests world-wide called by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Said NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet: “The eight who have been jailed are journalists - not terrorists, not criminals. They have been jailed for doing their jobs.

“The freedom of journalists is absolutely essential in every society.”

Eamonn McCann, Northern Ireland representative on the NUJ National Executive said: “The intention is to be able to produce hundreds of photographs and videos of protests around the world, to be distributed by the International Federation, to encourage governments to take action and show the Egyptian authorities that this outrageous attack on our colleagues and on free speech isn’t acceptable.”

The NUJ Guildhall Square gathering will be at five pm.