Al Jazeera journalists launch Egypt appeal

Lawyers for the jailed Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt have today filed appeals against their convictions.

The weaknesses in the case have been widely protested and ridiculed, and much of the public criticism is reflected in the grounds for appeal.

The case will next be heard before the Court of Cassation which will examine the grounds for hearing a full appeal. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.

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Amal Alamuddin Lays Down the Law on Jailing Journalists in Egypt

19 August, 2014:  Amal Alamuddin, leading human rights lawyer, and expert on Egyptian legal system, has detailed the injustices in the Egyptian trial of three Al Jazeera English journalists in an incisive opinion piece for The Huffington Post.

Alamuddin, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in international law, criminal law, human rights and extradition, notes that four successive governments in Egypt have used sham trials and questionable laws to silence media freedom and freedom of speech, with the Al Jazeera trial being a clear example of this.

She outlines the clear breaches of law and due process in the case of Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed in her opinion piece ‘The Anatomy of an Unfair Trial’.

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Rebel Architecture: From Spain to Israel, austerity to occupation


Architecture and the built environment is a kind of a slow violence”

-       Israeli architect, Eyal Weizman

  • The ‘Rebel Architecture’ series features architects from Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, Israel/Occupied West Bank and Brazil who are using design to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises
  • The series premieres on 18th August with ‘Guerrilla Architect’ which casts an eye on occupation and the architecture of activism in austerity-hit Spain
  • Airing 1st September 2014 as part of the ‘Rebel Architecture’ series on Al Jazeera, ‘The Architecture of Violence’ demonstrates architecture’s role in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and its attacks on Gaza

Al Jazeera’s ‘Rebel Architecture’ series features a film ‘The Architecture of Violence’,demonstrating how architecture is central to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and takes a journey across the settlements and roads of the West Bank and along the Separation Wall.

Weizman meets locals on both sides who talk about how it feels to live in a landscape where everything, from walls and roads, terraces and sewage, to settlements and surveillance are designed to ensure the separation of the two peoples, while simultaneously maintaining control.

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Obama speaks out over Egypt’s jailing of Al Jazeera journalists

Thursday, 7 August: President of the United States Barack Obama has once again called for the release of Al Jazeera English journalists, jailed for seven years in Cairo on 23 June this year.

Speaking Wednesday on the last day of the US-Africa summit in Washington DC, Obama addressed the issue in clear terms, stating the US demands the freedom of journalists to report, a basic tenet of a civilised society:

The specific issue with the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt we have been clear both publicly and privately that they should be released”, Obama stated. “We have been very consistent in pushing governments not just in Africa but around the world to respect the right of journalists to practice their trade. As a critical part of civil society and a critical part of any democratic norm”.

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A month of destruction: Al Jazeera special coverage of Gaza Conflict


On Thursday, 7 August, Al Jazeera English launches  special coverage of ‘Gaza Under Fire’, one month since the start of the conflict. From online infographic and in-depth analysis, to news features throughout the day, the coverage will be in comprehensive, culminating in a full special news hour at 1800 GMT (9pm Gaza, 7pm London).

“Our reporters on the ground in Gaza delivered exceptional insights, updates and witness accounts during the heat of the conflict,” commented  Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, Al Anstey. “At the one-month mark, with a ceasefire in place, we can now look at the impact and assess the damage to both sides.” 

Al Jazeera assesses the scale of destruction of the Gaza strip, after a month of Israeli bombardment. The coverage also look at attempts to rebuild lives and infrastructure after weeks of airstrikes and a ground offensive, which has included heavy tank shelling in civilian areas.

Correspondents Andrew Simmons, Imtiaz Tyab and Charles Stratford will deliver live crosses from Gaza, covering the human impact of the conflict in Gaza; from child trauma to the reality of life under siege.

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Multi-award-winning Marikana massacre documentary screens on Al Jazeera

Miners Shot Down premieres on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 at 22h00CAT on Witness, Al Jazeera’s flagship documentary strand. The multi-award-winning documentary will screen daily until 16 August 2014, the two-year anniversary of the Marikana massacre it investigates.

In August 2012, mineworkers in Lonmin, one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines, began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. The police insisted that they shot in self-defense, but Miners Shot Down tells a different story.

Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Show Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.  What emerges is collusion at the top, spiraling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre.

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Al Jazeera releases powerful exclusive footage of Palestinians fleeing Shujayea offensive

Documentary shows back story to what triggered Al Jazeera Correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh to break down in tears during live report.

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27 July, 2014: Al Jazeera English has broadcast a powerful documentary highlighting the terrifying moments Palestinian civilians flee during an Israeli ground offensive in the densely populated district of Shujayea, Gaza City.

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Al Jazeera Launches Innovation & Research Group

July 23, Doha – Al Jazeera is proud to announce the launch of its Innovation & Research Group, committed to exploring and creating concepts, products, and ideas at the intersection of media, technology, and popular culture.

Inspired by Al Jazeera’s heritage of innovation, the group aims to build a network of innovators in technology and media culture, set to grow through a series of conferences, local events, publications and community building platforms, including a planned Hackathon later this year. 

”Our vision is to provide an ecosystem for media-focused innovation and research, with the resources and networks to incubate ideas that will change the world,” says Dr. Yaser Bishr, Global Executive Director of Strategy and Development.

Alongside identifying and managing the incubation and development of great ideas from the community, the Innovation & Research Group will also function as the Research and Development (R&D) arm of the network. The team members will execute research projects into innovative areas including future media technologies, data visualization, storytelling techniques, and innovation in business. 

The group will be engaging with the online community via their new account on twitter and blog at

Israel shoots at Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau

Al Jazeera’s bureau in Gaza has come under fire. Al Jazeera correspondents have collected large bullets from around the building, with other nearby buildings left untouched. No one has been injured.

The attack comes after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s incendiary and threatening comments about Al Jazeera yesterday.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said:

“The foreign minister’s comments were a direct threat against us and appear to have been taken as a green light for the targeting of our journalists in Gaza. We hold the Israeli authorities fully responsible. They have put the lives of journalists in danger.

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Secret world of FBI informants exposed in Al Jazeera documentary


Washington, D.C. — 20th July 2014

Shady characters recruited by the FBI to spy on Muslims in the United States are revealed in a new documentary. Informants, by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, premieres internationally today, Sunday, July 20.

The film explores the methods and motivations of FBI informants who are on the front line of the bureau’s counterterrorism activities. The informants profiled by Al Jazeera admit they spied for money, not for country.

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