NZ deeply concerned at sentencing of journalists
Hon Murray McCully
of Foreign Affairs
24 June 2014
concerned at sentencing of journalists
Minister Murray McCully has expressed deep concern at the
prison sentences imposed by the Egyptian court on three Al
Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste.
“Press freedom and transparent judicial processes are
fundamental to any democracy,” Mr McCully says.
have seen nothing to suggest that these three journalists
were doing anything other than their job and the seven year
prison sentences imposed appear to be aimed at silencing
critics rather than serving justice.
authorities need to understand that the international
community is watching closely and will not accept the
“The Egyptian authorities should
review this case as a matter of urgency,” Mr McCully
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