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#FreeAJStaff international day of action brings newsrooms to a standstill

Al Jazeera staff jailed in Egypt received a cross-media international show of solidarity on Thursday as industry professionals demanded their release.Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were imprisoned in December for their association with the Muslim Brotherhood during the course of their work. They will now stand trial for allegedly tarnishing Egypt’s international reputation.The incident sparked global outrage in the industry, and high profile journalists and media personnel, with the backing or their respective organisations, have stood in solidarity with their industry colleagues under the slogan ‘journalism is not a crime’.At least five other journalists and Al Jazeera staff experienced similar detention before the latest incident, prompting serious press freedom concerns in the region.According to Al Jazeera, a coordinated effort for the international day of action reached more than three million people around the world, with the #FreeAJStaff Twitter protest receiving widespread attention.Below is a selection of some of the support.

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