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FCO statement on sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt

Minister for Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood responds to sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt on August 29.

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Speaking today Tobias Ellwood said:

I am deeply concerned by the sentences handed down today against journalists in Egypt. These sentences will undermine confidence in Egypt’s progress towards strong long term stability based on implementing the rights granted by the Egyptian constitution. We have repeatedly raised this case and the restrictions on freedom of expression in Egypt with ministers and senior officials. We note that the case can be appealed, and will monitor future developments closely. It is vital that the Egyptian authorities take urgent action to resolve the position of the two British nationals in this case.

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Published 29 August 2015