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Journalism is not a crime: the #freeAJstaff campaign and aftermath

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At the end of 2013, Peter Grestle, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of Al Jazeera were arrested in Egypt on charges of spreading false information and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, the political group considered to be a terrorist organisation by the government of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. In response, Al Jazeera launched an online mobilization using the #freeAJstaff hashtag to make international public opinion aware of the issue and to put pressure on the Cairo authorities. A sort of "massive flash mob on social media" in the words of the webpage dedicated to the initiative, which reached about 3 million people. The trio, after more than 300 days of imprisonment, were released. Sue Turton played a central role in the #freeAJstaff campaign. Con: Laura Cappon (freelance journalist), Sue Turton (Al Jazeera English), Sue Turton