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.