Mandela cellmate demands AJ staff freedom

Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed with late South African president, compares situation in Egypt to Apartheid South Africa.

    A cellmate of Nelson Mandela has called on the Egyptian government to release four Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned since last year.

    Ahmed Kathrada, who was Madela's cellmate at Robben Island, told Al Jazeera that press freedom was important to protect democracy from government violations.

    The trial of Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy continues on Saturday.

    A judge is also expected to review the detention of Al Jazeera Arabic's Abdullah Elshamy.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.