McCain criticizes imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists

Al Jazeera

Sen. John McCain criticized the detention of five journalists in Egypt, according to a story Friday from Al Jazeera.

“My message to the Egyptian government, and I know these people, is and has been: if you want to be part of the community of nations and have our cooperation and assistance, then you cannot engage in practices such as the arbitrary imprisonment of members of the media,” McCain said.

The five journalists currently detained, according to the story, are Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, Abdullah Al Shami and Mohamed Bader.

In a report published Dec. 30, 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Syria, Iraq and Egypt were the most deadly countries for journalists that year. In 2013, the reports states that six journalists were killed for their work in Egypt.

Since 1992, CPJ has documented the deaths of 10 journalists for their work in Egypt—nine of them since anti-government protests began in 2011.

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