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Monday, June 23, 2014

Jailing Journalists OK? It Depends

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years each in prison on charges of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news, in a case that has drawn international condemnation. 
The three sentenced Monday in Cairo include Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, who was given an extra three years on another charge. 
Speaking to reporters in Baghdad on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry harshly criticized the ruling a day after speaking with Egyptian leaders in Cairo. 
"Today's conviction is obviously a chilling and draconian sentence," Kerry said.
However, those convictions apparently do not extend to Kerry's overlord. The arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the scapegoat for the Benghazi massacre, is still okay. Or how about Obama personally interfering with the pardon of Abdulelah Haider Shaye by the Yemeni president? (Shaye was released from prison to house arrest on July 23, 2013).

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