Dark day for media freedom
June 23 was a dark day for media freedom, the day that three journalists working for the Al Jazeera English news network were jailed for a minimum of seven years in Egypt.
CBJ lecturer and Notts TV coordinator Deborah Kelly was working as a programme editor for the Al Jazeera news network in Doha in Qatar when Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were arrested in Cairo.
In an article published in the Globe and Mail newspaper based in Toronto, Canada, she recalls the first days of their arrest and looks into the reasons behind their arrest.
She considers the impact on the media but cautions that their incarceration cannot be allowed to deter the next generation of journalists just graduating from pursuing what they believe is right, to hold governments to account, to speak up for the vulnerable and the dispossessed and to fight for freedom of the media.
Note: Former broadcast journalist Deborah Kelly has worked for ITV on its GMTV and Daybreak programmes and for the BBC, as well as at international news agencies Reuters and Associated Press. Before moving to her current role at Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, Deborah was programme editor for Al Jazeera in Doha and still carries out work for them from their London station.