Al Jazeera staff formally seek Egypt pardon

The seven are part of the same case that saw Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy walk free from jail last week.

A group of Al Jazeera employees convicted in absentia by Egypt’s courts have announced that they are in the process of formally requesting that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi intervene in their cases.

The seven are part of the same case that saw Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy walk free from jail last week.

Egypt: Journalism on trial

They include Australian Peter Greste, who was released in February this year after more than a year in prison. 

Four Egyptians; Mohamed Fawzy, Alaa Bayoumi, Khalil Bahnacy and Anas Abdel Wahab, have been unable to return to their home country as a result of the court action.

Two Britons; Dominic Kane and Sue Turton, also face travel restrictions over the case.

At a press conference in New York hosted by the Committee to Protect Journalists, the group on Tuesday said that following the breakthrough for Mohamed and Fahmy, they also must be allowed to put the unjust convictions behind them through an intervention by Sisi.


Anas Abdel Wahab
A senior commissioning producer at Al Jazeera Documentary since 2005. Wahad graduated from the Academy of Arts in Egypt and has been in film production since 1996.

Khalil Bahnacy
The acting head of transmission at Al Jazeera Documentary. Bahnacy qualified with a BSc in engineering in 1991 from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He worked as an information system analyst in the Egyptian Radio and Television Union from 1993 to 2006.

Alaa Bayoumi
A senior producer on AJE’s Middle East Desk with more than 15 years of experience in media and journalism. Bayoumi has a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in conflict resolution and peace studies from Duquesne University in the United States. He has previously spoken about the charges against him here

Mohamed Fawzy
A senior cameraman who since 1992 has freelanced with major international news channels around the world including ABC, CNN, NHK, BBC, ZDF, TV5 and RAI. Fawzy has covered news in Israel, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon, Rwanda, Kenya, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Egypt and many more.

Peter Greste
A former BBC and Reuters journalist, Greste has reported from Bosnia, South Africa, Mexico, the Middle East and Afghanistan. He won a Peabody Award for a documentary on Somalia in 2011, and joined Al Jazeera English in 2012. He was arrested in Cairo in December 2013. Despite being released over a year later under presidential order, he was later convicted again in a retrial.

Dominic Kane
An Al Jazeera English reporter/senior producer based in Doha who has reported for the channel from Greece, Italy, Egypt and Germany. Before joining AJE in 2012, Kane worked at the BBC for 12 years. In November of this year Kane will be taking on the role of permanent Berlin Reporter for Al Jazeera English.

Sue Turton
Turton joined Al Jazeera English in 2010 where she covered Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and many more. She left Al Jazeera in 2015, saying that traveling had become impossible due to restrictions imposed by her unjust conviction in Egypt. Before Al Jazeera, Turton worked for Channel 4 News in the UK for twelve years. Turton won two RTS awards with the show, for her exclusive on Olympic corruption in Salt Lake City and her investigation into racism in South African rugby.

Source: Al Jazeera