Peter Greste is one of three Al Jazeera journalists being held in Egypt. Peter, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were arrested by the Egyptian authorities on 29th December and have been detained ever since. I worked with Peter many years ago when he was with the BBC and I was a journalist in the BBC World Television newsroom. A letter signed by more than 40 editors and journalists this week appealed for an end to their “arbitrary imprisonment” and said the arrests had “cast a cloud over press and media freedom in Egypt”. It also called for the release of other journalists, some of whom have been held in Egypt for more than five months.
“We strongly believe that upholding the rights of journalists and permitting the free flow of information is vital to bringing about greater understanding and serves the best interests of all Egyptians and the world.”
Senior figures from the BBC, New York Times and CNN are among the signatories. The BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet signed the letter, as did CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Associated Press senior managing editor for international news John Daniszewski, the New York Times international editor Joseph Kahn and the Middle East bureau chief for the Economist, Max Rodenbeck.