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PEN Canada concerned for journalist Mohamed Fahmy facing terrorism charges in Egypt

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Today PEN Canada voiced concern for the Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy who has been referred, to trial, along with 19 of his colleagues, on charges linked to terrorism. News reports indicate that this is the first time journalists in Egypt have been referred to trial on such charges.

On December 29, 2013, Fahmy and his colleagues -- Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed -- were taken into custody after authorities raided the offices of Al Jazeera English. On January 29, 2014, after being detained for one month, Fahmy was charged with allegedly "assisting a terrorist organization" and "spreading false news that endangers national security." His colleagues face similar charges for allegedly belonging to or assisting the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Mass protests grow as military elite take Egypt back to dictatorship

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The military-dominated regime that seized power in Egypt in July 2013 has escalated its attacks on freedom and democracy in the country. A series of pronouncements were issued in late December, including the banning of the country's largest political movement -- the Muslim Brotherhood. By all evidence, Egypt's economic and military elite are taking the country back to the darkest days of the rule of former dictator Hosni Mubarak or even farther into the abyss.

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| January 7, 2014
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| October 8, 2013
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| October 9, 2013

Free! Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson released from Egyptian jail

Family, friends and supporters celebrated the news that London emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani and Toronto filmmaker and activist John Greyson were freed on Saturday from the Cairo prison where they have been held without charge since Aug 16. The Canadian government shared a statement upon their release, indicating that they were facilitating the departure of the two from Egypt.

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In their own words: John Greyson and Tarek Loubani on their arrest and detention in Egypt

The support campaign for John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, two Canadians unjustly detained by the coup regime in Egypt for over 40 days, has released a statement from the two men explaining the events leading up to their arrest, detention and abuse by Egyptian authorities. To follow updates on the campaign visit the website created by friends and family: http://tarekandjohn.com/

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| September 26, 2013

Canadian government needs to do more to help free Tarek and John from Egyptian prison

Once again Conservative ideology has trumped what's right.

Prominent Toronto filmmaker/professor John Greyson and London, Ontario, physician/professor Tarek Loubani have been locked up in an Egyptian jail for nearly 40 days.

After a prosecutor recently extended their detention by 15 days, these two courageous individuals launched a hunger strike demanding their release or to at least be allowed two hours a day in the fenced-in prison yard.

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Hunger strike: Canadians jailed in Egypt refuse food to protest arbitrary detention

The following press release was issued yesterday by supporters of the immediate release of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, two Canadians who have been jailed for over a month in Egypt. 

 Canadian filmmaker, John Greyson, and emergency room physician, Tarek Loubani, have informed friends and supporters through their Egyptian lawyers that they will be refusing food beginning September the 16 to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention by Egyptian authorities.

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