rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Al Jazeera and media worldwide launch campaign to free journalists threatened in Egypt

Please chip in to support rabble's election 2019 coverage. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month!

Journalists in some 30 countries around the world rallied yesterday, February 27, in support of their colleagues in Egypt who have come under attack, specifically the 20 journalists of Al Jazeera currently facing criminal charges. The network itself took a lead in organizing the protest actions.

In Canada, actions took place in Toronto and Montreal. Participants in the Toronto rally included John Stackhouse, the editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail daily, and Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio One’s weekday, one-hour arts program Q.

Three of the Al Jazeera journalists are in prison in harsh conditions and facing serious "terrorism" related charges, specifically aiding and abetting the largest political party and movement in the country, the Muslim Brotherhood and the political party it founded, the Freedom and Justice Party. They include Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste.

Jian Ghomeshi hosted an excellent story about the journalists on the Feb. 27 edtion of Q. He interviewed Sharif Fahmy, brother of Mohamed Fahmy, and Marwan Bashara, senior political analyst at Al Jazeera English.

Bashara wrote an op-ed in the New York Times two weeks ago titled, Egypt’s war on journalists. His interview with Q provides an excellent overview of the state of press freedom, or lack thereof, in Egypt today. He says that the two and a half years between the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 and the military coup of July 3, 2013 were a "reporter’s dream come true" of freedom of opportunity to report on the dramatic events unfolding in the country. Today, Egypt’s regime is lashing out with unprecedented violence and vengeance against journalists, in particular through its use of draconian, "anti-terrorism" laws.


Here is the Al Jazeera report announcing its global campaign to free imprisoned and accused journalists in Egypt.

You can listen to the Feb. 27, 2014 interviews with Sharif Fahmy and Marwan Bashara on CBC Radio One’s Q, here.

You can read the following news stories of the Feb 27, 2014 protests in support of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt:

Supporters around the world demand release of Egyptian-Canadian journalists, by Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail February 27, 2014.

Canadians demand release of journalists, by Diana Mehta, Canadian Press, in Globe and Mail print edition, Feb 28, 2014, online here.

International demonstrations mark protests over Canadian journalist’s jailing in Egypt, by Raphael Satter, Associated Press, published in Toronto Star online, Feb 27 2014.

Journalists hold global day of protest over Al-Jazeera staff held in Egypt, by Dugald Baird, The Guardian, February 27, 2014.

Watch a three-minute video report of the Feb 27, 2014 protest in Toronto.

You can read a comprehensive article by this writer on Egypt and the aftermath of the July 3, 2013 coup d'etat, published last month, here.

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.