Judge wishes reporters happy World Press Freedom day, returns them to jail

Today’s MediaWireWorld roundup of journalism news from outside the U.S. Send tips to Kristen Hare: khare@poynter.org.

Egypt

Australian journalist Peter Greste went on trial again on Saturday, along with fellow Al Jazeera reporters Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, ABC News Online in Australia reported Sunday.

Greste on trial in Cairo on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)

Saturday’s hearing in Cairo, where Greste’s bail was again refused, coincided with World Press Freedom Day.

“We recognise the significance of the coincidence of this trial falling on World Press Freedom Day. This is a very clear message,” Greste said from his caged dock at the court in Cairo.

Greste, a Peabody Award-winning journalist who previously worked with the BBC, also branded the trial “a massive injustice, regardless of the outcome.”

On Sunday, The Guardian ran a piece from the Australian Associated Press, reporting that the defense will have their turn at the case beginning May 15. Greste’s parents were also quoted.

Greste’s parents, Lois and Juris, said on Sunday they were surprised to hear the judge wishing their son and his colleagues a “happy” World Press Freedom Day before again ordering them back to jail.

The 3 May day, which was proclaimed by the UN in 1993, celebrates press freedom and highlights the state of such liberty throughout the world.

“We are still trying to work out the judge’s sense of humour … whether he was just being rather cutting and sarcastic,” Juris Greste told reporters in Sydney.

Colombia

While covering demonstrations on May 1 in Colombia, four journalists were attacked, Reporters Without Borders reported on Friday.

Andrea Torres, Sebastian Carvajal, Juan Fernando Rojas and Esteban Vanegas were assaulted by riot officers to whom they had made a point of showing their press cards. Vanegas, a photographer, was accused of assaulting public servants. He was released overnight after being held for 12 hours.

Reporters Without Borders condemned the attacks on the journalists from the daily newspaper El Colombiano.

Turkey

Today from Fotomac, in Istanbul, Turkey (courtesy Newseum): fun with graphics.

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