THE WORLD is rallying behind Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues, who have been convicted of supporting terrorism.
The trio was left shocked overnight, after an Egyptian court retrial handed down the verdict and along with it, three-year prison sentences.
Mr Greste, Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed insist they have done nothing wrong and plan to continue fighting against the charges.
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The three men were charged with airing falsified footage intended to damage national security and with being part of ousted president Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Mr Greste was deported from Egypt in February and isn’t likely to again be detained, but the latest development could prohibit travel overseas.
Many countries have raised concerns over the outcome, including Britain, The Netherlands, and of course, Australia and Canada.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has committed to helping Mr Greste’s fight.
“I have spoken with Mr Greste today and reaffirmed that I will continue to pursue all diplomatic avenues with my Egyptian counterpart to clear his name,” she said in a statement.
High-profile human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and the Canadian ambassador are due to meet with Egyptian officials.
They will state their case for a presidential pardon for Mr Fahmy.
Clooney said the verdict sent a “very dangerous message” that journalists could be locked up for doing their jobs.