Two journalists from Doha-based al-Jazeera News have received a 10 year sentence for falsifying information and spreading propaganda aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. the new Egyptian government had declared the political group of ousted president Mohammed Mursi as terrorists, and during a violent crackdown, the Egyptian Courts accuse the journalists of spreading misinformation.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the Egyptian military’s ousting of Mohammed Mursi for his incapability to resolve the country’s issues, said that he will not interfere with the troubles faced by Sue Turton and Dominic Kane from al-Jazeera, and Peter Greste, an award-winning journalist, who had been tried in absentia and to be imprisoned for 10 years.
In his televised speech, al-Sisi said that he will not interfere in judicial rulings. He also said the courts had adhered to due process, making the sentence valid.
Journalists all over the world were outraged by the decision of the Egyptian Courts regarding the accusations that the journalists have sided with the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the Journalists Syndicate’s statement, the Court’s decision had not been wise, given that reporters only appear on camera and management is also to blame for information error during reports.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Egyptian Court Decision were “injustices that cannot stand.” He called on the Egyptian government to review all its political sentences and verdicts in the last few years. The White House said that it is a blow to democratic progress in Egypt.