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Hundreds of BBC reporters protested on Tuesday against the sentence handed down to Al Jazeera's journalists in Egypt.
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London, United Kingdom - Reporters are used to hearing the sound of their own voice. But for one minute on Tuesday morning, exactly 24 hours after jail sentences were handed down to six Al Jazeera English staff (two in absentia) in Egypt, hundreds of journalists stood in silent solidarity.

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed - who have already spent more than 170 days behind bars in Cairo during a trial widely described as "farcical" - were accused of "spreading false news" and being allied with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

BBC News Director James Harding told the crowd that the broadcaster would be calling on Egypt's presidency to intervene and release the journalists.

"The verdict is unjust, the case is unfounded, and, taken together, the Egyptian authorities are not just robbing three innocent men of their freedom, they are intimidating journalists and inhibiting free speech," he said.

Join the campaign to free our friends and colleagues using the Twitter hashtag: #FreeAJStaff.


/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

Hundreds of journalists packed the forecourt of the BBC headquarters in central London on Tuesday morning in a silent vigil to protest against the prison sentences handed to three Al Jazeera workers in Egypt 24 hours earlier.



/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera
BBC journalists including Tim Willcox (centre, blue jacket) joined the protest in solidarity with their colleagues from Al Jazeera.


/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera
The protest, which was held exactly 24 hours after the sentences were handed down, attracted media attention around the world.


/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

The Journalism Is Not A Crime campaign has been widely shared on social media, with hundreds of thousands of tweets using the hashtag #FreeAJStaff.



/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera
Leading journalists have described the jailings as an attempt to intimidate media workers, but many remain resolute and determined to continue reporting on the rising authoritarianism in Egypt.


/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

At least 14 journalists are today being held by Egyptian authorities, and around 200 are in jail around the globe, according to the Index on Censorship.



/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

The social media campaign has used a variety of keyword hashtags; you can join the campaign using the terms #JournalismIsNotACrime, #FreeJournalism and #FreeAJStaff.



/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

The UK's National Union of Journalists said the jailing of Al Jazeera journalists was "a travesty of justice made by a kangaroo court".



/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

Bill Thompson, of the BBC's technology show "Click", told Al Jazeera that the jailing of journalists demonstrated there was "a risk posed by the judiciary that it may want to use us for political ends and that can't be allowed to stand".



/James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera's own Barnaby Phillips reported from the scene of the protest in central London. More used to asking the questions, he was also interviewed by several media outlets about the fate of our friends and colleagues.




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Hundreds of journalists packed the forecourt of the BBC headquarters in central London on Tuesday morning in a silent vigil to protest against the prison sentences handed to three Al Jazeera workers in Egypt 24 hours earlier.

;*;BBC journalists including Tim Willcox (centre, blue jacket) joined the protest in solidarity with their colleagues from Al Jazeera.;*;The protest, which was held exactly 24 hours after the sentences were handed down, attracted media attention around the world.;*;

The Journalism Is Not A Crime campaign has been widely shared on social media, with hundreds of thousands of tweets using the hashtag #FreeAJStaff.

;*;Leading journalists have described the jailings as an attempt to intimidate media workers, but many remain resolute and determined to continue reporting on the rising authoritarianism in Egypt.;*;

At least 14 journalists are today being held by Egyptian authorities, and around 200 are in jail around the globe, according to the Index on Censorship.

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The social media campaign has used a variety of keyword hashtags; you can join the campaign using the terms #JournalismIsNotACrime, #FreeJournalism and #FreeAJStaff.

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The UK(***)s National Union of Journalists said the jailing of Al Jazeera journalists was "a travesty of justice made by a kangaroo court".

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Bill Thompson, of the BBC(***)s technology show "Click", told Al Jazeera that the jailing of journalists demonstrated there was "a risk posed by the judiciary that it may want to use us for political ends and that can(***)t be allowed to stand".

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Al Jazeera(***)s own Barnaby Phillips reported from the scene of the protest in central London. More used to asking the questions, he was also interviewed by several media outlets about the fate of our friends and colleagues.

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Hundreds of journalists packed the forecourt of the BBC headquarters in central London on Tuesday morning in a silent vigil to protest against the prison sentences handed to three Al Jazeera workers in Egypt 24 hours previously.

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Hundreds of journalists packed the forecourt of the BBC headquarters in central London on Tuesday morning in a silent vigil to protest against the prison sentences handed to three Al Jazeera workers in Egypt 24 hours previously.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/1877d9ed9f898998ce2bd2ee292b20e4BBC journalists including Tim Willcox (centre, blue jacket) joined the protest in solidarity with their colleagues from Al Jazeera.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/1877d9ed9f898998ce2bd2ee292b20e4James Brownsell/Al Jazeera BBC journalists including Tim Willcox (centre, blue jacket) joined the protest in solidarity with their colleagues from Al Jazeera. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/9569c4bf006b1a4509bece471db8a9aeThe protest, which was held exactly 24 hours after the sentences were handed down, attracted media attention around the world.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/9569c4bf006b1a4509bece471db8a9aeJames Brownsell/Al Jazeera The protest, which was held exactly 24 hours after the sentences were handed down, attracted media attention around the world. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/3adefbb9df74b770aa494614bd4de3ee

The JournalismIsNotACrime campaign has been widely shared on social media, with hundreds of thousands of tweets using the hashtag FreeAJStaff

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/3adefbb9df74b770aa494614bd4de3eeJames Brownsell/Al Jazeera

The JournalismIsNotACrime campaign has been widely shared on social media, with hundreds of thousands of tweets using the hashtag FreeAJStaff

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/5322d77a3ed2e63b78a0568f0c39e3f6Leading journalists have described the jailings as an attempt to intimidate media workers, but many remain resolute and determined to continue reporting on the rising authoritarianism in Egypt.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/5322d77a3ed2e63b78a0568f0c39e3f6James Brownsell/Al Jazeera Leading journalists have described the jailings as an attempt to intimidate media workers, but many remain resolute and determined to continue reporting on the rising authoritarianism in Egypt. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/17f41f187112294f1fed40574cc298e6At least 14 journalists are today being held by Egyptian authorities, and around 200 are in jail around the globe reports the Index on Censorship.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/17f41f187112294f1fed40574cc298e6James Brownsell/Al Jazeera At least 14 journalists are today being held by Egyptian authorities, and around 200 are in jail around the globe reports the Index on Censorship. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/092a580a46f098fd726495439f3db9b8

The social media campaign has used a variety of keyword hashtags; you can join the campaign using the terms JournalismIsNotACrime FreeJournalism and FreeAJStaff.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/092a580a46f098fd726495439f3db9b8James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

The social media campaign has used a variety of keyword hashtags; you can join the campaign using the terms JournalismIsNotACrime FreeJournalism and FreeAJStaff.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/2e635bb3358a0aff210c4b49f3c8f33f

The UK's National Union of Journalists said the jailing of Al Jazeera workers was 'a travesty of justice made by a kangaroo court'.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/2e635bb3358a0aff210c4b49f3c8f33fJames Brownsell/Al Jazeera

The UK's National Union of Journalists said the jailing of Al Jazeera workers was 'a travesty of justice made by a kangaroo court'.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/fd0ca284604465f0cb75edb77352f3e0

Bill Thompson, of the BBC's technology show 'Click', told Al Jazeera that the jailing of journalists demonstrated there was 'a risk posed by the judiciary that it may want to use us for political ends and that can't be allowed to stand'.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/fd0ca284604465f0cb75edb77352f3e0James Brownsell/Al Jazeera

Bill Thompson, of the BBC's technology show 'Click', told Al Jazeera that the jailing of journalists demonstrated there was 'a risk posed by the judiciary that it may want to use us for political ends and that can't be allowed to stand'.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/5415ca50a5280220408e13f836f91b04Al Jazeera's own Barnaby Phillips was reporting from the scene of the protest in central London. More used to asking the questions, he was also interviewed by several media outlets about the fate of our friends and colleagues.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BBC_FreeAJstaff/slideshow/no-caption/5415ca50a5280220408e13f836f91b04James Brownsell/Al Jazeera Al Jazeera's own Barnaby Phillips was reporting from the scene of the protest in central London. More used to asking the questions, he was also interviewed by several media outlets about the fate of our friends and colleagues.


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