Journalism is not a crime

Participate in Al Jazeera's campaign for press freedom worldwide

Join the campaign for press freedom worldwide

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.

Tokyo, Japan
Solidarity stand outside the Foreign Correspondents' Club, Yurakucho Denki North Building 20F Yurakucho 1-7-1, Chiyoda-ku,1GMT, 10am local time.
Ramallah, Palestine
Solidarity stand at the Manara Roundabout, 9 GMT, 11am local time.
Gaza, Palestine
Solidarity stand outside the Al Jazeera bureau, Burj al-Jalaa (al-Jalaa Tower), 9GMT, 12pm local time.
Istanbul, Turkey
Solidarity stand outside the Egyptian consulate, 9GMT, 11am local time.
Khartoum, Republic of Sudan
Solidarity stand outside the Al Jazeera Bureau, Al Baladiya Street, Building: Institute of Arab Development and Agricultural Investment, 9GMT, 12pm local time.
Solidarity stand at Zeitoun Hill, 10GMT, 12pm local time.
Amman, Jordan
Solidarity stand outside the Al Jazeera bureau, Jabal Amman, 2nd Roundabout, 10GMT, 12pm local time.
Ankara, Turkey
Solidarity stand with our journalists outside the Al Jazeera bureau, Karom Shopping Center, Çankaya 11GMT, 1pm local time.
Beirut, Lebanon
Solidarity stand at Martyrs’ Square, 11GMT, 1pm local time.
Berlin, Germany
Brandenburg Gate, 11 GMT, 12pm local time.
London, UK
Trafalgar Square, 12 GMT, 12pm local time.
Nouakchott, Mauritania
Solidarity stand outside Al Jazeera Bureau, Mamado Konatee Street, City Center Tent, 12GMT, 12pm local time.
Tunis, Tunisia
Solidarity at Tunis Center for Press Freedom, 4 Rue de Mexique, 12GMT, 1pm local time
Toronto, Canada
Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square, 17GMT, 12pm local time.
Montreal, Canada
Egyptian Consulate in Montreal, 1000 de la Gauchetière O., Montréal, 17GMT, 12:00pm
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Journalists and the general public are encouraged to take a photo with a "Journalism is not a Crime" sign at "Posto 7" in Arpoador Beach 2030GMT, 5:30pm local time. Also, a plane pulling a banner reading #FreeAJstaff will fly over over Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches of Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana 1730GMT - 2030GMT, 2:30pm - 5:30pm local time.
Washington, DC, US
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 21GMT - 2230GMT, 4pm - 5:30pm local time.
Sydney NSW, Australia
Martin Place, 130GMT, 12:30pm local time.
San Francisco, US
Justin Herman Plaza, 4 Embarcadero Centre, 2GMT - 4GMT, 6pm - 8pm local time.

submit a video

Record a Vine or Instagram video: "A world without journalism is a silent one" and "#FreeAJStaff".
Post your video to Instagram, Vine, Twitter, Facebook with hashtag #FreeAJstaff

join the selfie campaign

Grab a sheet of paper and write #FreeAJStaff in big letters across the front.
Take a selfie and tweet it out with the hashtag #FreeAJStaff.

the thunderclap

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.


What happened

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.


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