Kenya: Journalists protest jailings in Egypt

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 5:30 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Journalists in Kenya have staged a protest at the Egyptian Embassy against the imprisonment of reporters in Cairo.

Nearly 100 journalists and supporters took part in a march and demonstration Tuesday. Robin Kriel, co-chair of the local foreign correspondents association, delivered a letter and met with the deputy ambassador.

The protesters called for all journalists jailed in Egypt to be freed but focused their attention on Peter Greste, a Nairobi-based correspondent for Al Jazeera who has been in custody since Dec. 29. Twenty journalists working for Al Jazeera face charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security.

Three men working for Al-Jazeera — Mohammed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian, Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, and Greste — were arrested on Dec. 29 in a Cairo hotel.

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