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Jailing of three journalists a sad day for Egypt

IT is, indeed, a sad day when journalism is considered a crime (DebateNI, June 26). But this is little consolation for the Al Jazeera journalists – Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – jailed for seven years.

The Obama administration has pleaded with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to release the journalists, but he said he would not interfere with the ruling.

The only option left for the journalists is a lengthy appeal process.

The verdict has resulted in international condemnation of the Egyptian government's policy of imprisoning opposing voices.

DAIRE BURKE-CARROLL

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