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Egypt pardons 100 prisoners including three journalists


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Egypt pardons 100 prisoners including three journalists

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 100 prisoners, including three Al-Jazerra journalists.

Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohammed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to three years in jail last month after a retrial.

Peter Gretse is already back home having been deported in February.

Mohammed Fahmy spoke after his release:
“I will continue fighting for press freedom. I have been working on a charter in the prison cell to introduce to the Egyptian journalism syndicate and to the presidency in Egypt to improve press freedoms for both, Egyptian journalists and foreign journalists working in Egypt.”

The three men were accused of operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt.

The pardons come as President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi prepares to attend the UN summit of world leaders.

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