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Al-Jazeera 'delighted' by release of journalists by Egypt

AFP , Wednesday 23 Sep 2015
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Plain-clothed policemen surround Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, center, and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed, right, to direct them to hear their verdict in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Al-Jazeera said in a statement Wednesday it was "delighted" by the release of two journalists after they were pardoned by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

But the Qatar-based broadcaster said celebrations were muted because of the time Baher Mohamad and Mohamad Fahmy had spent in prison.

"We're delighted for them both and their families," the statement said.

"It is hard to celebrate though as this whole episode should not have happened in the first place.

"They've lost nearly two years of their lives when they were guilty of nothing except journalism."

The pair were freed along with almost 100 other prisoners pardoned by the president.

Within hours of the announcement, the pair had left prison.

They had been sentenced in a retrial in August to three years for fabricating "false" news in support of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which is outlawed by the Egyptian government.

The retrial was ordered early this year after an appeals court overturned an initial sentence of seven years, saying the prosecution had presented scant evidence.

Their initial arrest came at a time of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

At the time, Qatar, which owns Al-Jazeera, had been supportive of the Islamists.

The broadcaster added that it still wanted justice for more of its journalists who were sentenced in absentia by the courts in Egypt.

"The case for seven journalists convicted in absentia continues," the statement said.

"We urge the Egyptian authorities to quash their cases and let them too get on with their lives."

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Truth Ankh Amon
24-09-2015 09:28am
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The Zeros of Al Jazeero are "free". Qatar is at the lowest concerning it's reputation worldwide (grate torki too). They can have their pseudo journalits and go where they politically belongs. Egypt and the Egyptians have no lessons to take from your "Professionalismic & Democratic highnesses". To Baher Mohamed, you can keep your charte of law that you wrote in jail on toilet paper and send it to Tamim boy and Recep slumboy. During your diner together, give them our finger regards.
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Allen
23-09-2015 07:53pm
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Fake "journalists" operating as Qatars mouth peaces for terrorism.
Qatar may be delighted but it's propaganda factory El Jazeera is in shambles, exposed as the parrot for desperate terrorists. They have been a resounding failure with non existent ratings, despite billions squandered in the US market. El Jazeera has been expelled from most Arab countries. Yet with no shame these arrogant faces are masquerading as journalists in a court of law. Ever wonder why they have zero credibility???
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Simon
23-09-2015 09:27pm
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I am afraid you’re mixing these journalists with the fake Fox crowd of Hannity, O’Ralley, and the other dumb blonds!
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