Response to latest reports on detained journalists in Egypt

While Al Jazeera’s journalists have not officially been notified by the Egyptian authorities of developments in their case, an Al Jazeera spokesman commented on the latest reported Prosecutor’s statement:

“The world knows these allegations against our journalists are absurd, baseless and false. This is a challenge to free speech, to the right of journalists to report on all aspects of events, and to the right of people to know what is going on.

“We will continue to pursue all avenues to get our journalists back, and are grateful for all the support we have received. It is clear this is not just Al Jazeera’s campaign, but one taken on by all freedom loving people around the world.”

Al Jazeera added that it had no knowledge of other people apparently being pursued by the authorities. The network currently has no journalists reporting in the country. Five remain in detention: Al Jazeera English’s Baher Mohammed, Mohammed Fahmy and Peter Greste; Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr’s Mohammed Badr; and Al Jazeera Arabic’s Abdulla Shami.

Journalists from the BBC, Sky News, and Daily Telegraph today marked one month since the Al Jazeera English trio were taken into custody. Video and text from the event in London can be found here