Thousands participate in global day of protest to free Al Jazeera staff

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Fadi Benni / Al Jazeera Network

Social media users around the world engaged with Al Jazeera staff and supporters who stood in protest yesterday during a broad demonstration against Egypt’s detention of four of the network’s journalists.

Inside the Doha-based headquarters of Al Jazeera English, staff gathered in the newsroom, some with their mouths taped shut, holding signs that read “journalism is not a crime.”

Journalists, human rights activists and people in support of media freedom also gathered in London, Beirut, Nairobi and Berlin, among two dozen other cities, to show their support for the detained journalists, who include Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

All three are on trial for conspiring to tarnish Egypt’s reputation. Al Jazeera Arabic reporter Abdullah Al-Shami also remains jailed after being apprehended last year. Colleague Mohammed Badr, who works for Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr, was recently released.

According to Al Jazeera, the social media reach of their campaign to raise awareness via the #freeajstaff Twitter hashtag and bolster solidarity for their journalists reached some 3 million people yesterday.

Here are some tweets related to the day’s action:

The trial for three of the Al Jazeera English journalists continues on March 5.

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