Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced To Death In Egypt

Sahash Khanal

An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera journalists, to death, for passing documents concerning national security to the Qatar based TV network during the reign of the now ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2016

"They are more dangerous than spies, because spies are usually foreigners, but these are, regrettably, Egyptians who betrayed the trust. No ideology can ever justify the betrayal of one's country."

— Molly McCluskey (@MollyEMcCluskey) June 19, 2016

Al Jazeera has since released a statement condemning the court's decision, calling it an act of political vengeance and a part of a campaign against the freedom of expression.

"Al Jazeera believes this is an unjust and politicised [sic] sentence that is a part of the ruthless campaign against freedom of speech and expression, in order to muzzle the voice of free press.

"Al Jazeera finds the sentence incriminating to the profession of journalism which all international laws and legislation seek to protect, and to all journalists who should be enabled to report with objectivity, professionalism, and integrity."

"Al Jazeera finds the sentence incriminating to the profession of journalism which all international laws and legislation seek to protect, and to all journalists who should be enabled to report with objectivity, professionalism, and integrity."

— rjdickens (@rjdickens) May 9, 2016

[Photo by Amr Nabil/AP Images]

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