To draw awareness about our detained journalists, we used a social amplification platform called Thunderclap to flood Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr on a global day of action on press freedom (February 27th) .
The social media campaign to free our detained journalists continues on social media. See how you can participate right now.
More than 30 cities expressed their solidarity and support with public events. See a list of public events that occured on February 27th.
Thunderclap allows people to pledge a Tweet, Facebook post, or Tumblr post containing the same message that’s unleashed all at the same time. Think of it as a massive flash mob on social media.
We exceeded our goal 10x. Thank you! However, this is just the beginning - there are more ways for you to participate and make your voice heard on this global day of action.
All over the world, journalists and rights groups are protesting the detainment and muzzling of four Al Jazeera staff members in Egypt. Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and correspondent Peter Greste, were detained December 29.
The trio, who are accused of joining, or aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation, appeared in court in Cairo on Thursday February 21, 2014 and pleaded not guilty to all charges against them. Their trial is set to resume March 5. Another Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah al-Shami of the network's Arabic channel, has been held since August.