African states should reverse curtailment of press freedom | The People

By Ochieng Agolla

Hailemaryam Desalegn, AU Chairman
Hailemaryam Desalegn, AU Chairman

The conviction of Nairobi-based Aljazeera journalist Peter Greste and two of his colleagues in Egypt last week elicited international condemnation from international press and human rights organisation. Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Mohamed Bare were sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security. Analysts see the conviction as an attempt to silence the media in Egypt as the case lacked any meaningful evidence to warrant a conviction.

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