Ex-BBC protest against Al Jazeera sentences

Nearly forty of my former colleagues at the BBC have written an open letter to the Egyptian government protesting against the jail sentences imposed on Al Jazeera journalists.

These colleagues include former Editors of BBC World Service News, Heads of the BBC Arabic services on radio and television, BBC Middle East correspondents and, in particular, BBC Cairo correspondents.

In the letter they say the sentences are unjust and a retrograde step for Egypt and for international journalism.

They “appeal to the Egyptian judiciary and to the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to release the al-Jazeera journalists now and thereby try to restore to Egypt its former standing in the Arab world as a nation in which all journalists could operate freely and impartially.”