More than 40 international correspondents and editors from over 30 media organizations including the New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, BuzzFeed and Le Monde, signed a statement demanding the release of journalists detained in Egypt.
The journalists also pointed out the impact of these arrests on the country’s record of press freedom. Egypt was included in the top 10 list of worst jailers of journalists in 2013, according to a report by The Committee To Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Demonstrators call for the release of Al Jazeera journalists at a protest outside Egypt’s embassy in London on Nov. 12, 2013. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
One of the detained journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, is being held in “a windowless room in Cairo’s notorious Scorpion Prison” according to a CPJ letter written to the Egyptian president demanding the release of journalists.