After 429 days since his arrest, Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy deserves more than empty promises.
This weekend, Egyptian President el-Sisi stated in an interview that he would issue a presidential pardon for Mohamed and his colleagues, but only after the current retrial was completed.
In an interview with CBC News, Mohamed noted that this type of rhetoric from el-Sisi is not new.
“He has claimed he would pardon us at least three times in the past year, at the UNGA (UN General Assembly) in November in Davos and several other occasions,” Mohamed said.
As we mentioned previously, el-Sisi’s statement indicates that his government is aware of the international attention on this case, and that he is feeling pressure.
But empty promises are not enough. And waiting for the retrial to continue indefinitely is not an option.
After 429 days, Mohamed and his colleagues deserve justice and freedom.
And we need YOUR HELP to ensure that the Canadian government does its part to ensure Mohamed’s safe return home to Canada.
HOW TO HELP:
1. Tweet your support! Use the hashtag #HarperCallEgypt
Isn’t it time that @pmharper do something to help Mohamed Fahmy? #HarperCallEgypt NOW (click here to tweet!)
Mohamed Fahmy has spent over 400 days in prison just for being a journalist. Canada, we need to get him home. #HarperCallEgypt NOW (click here to tweet!)
Because #journalismisnotacrime – @pmharper needs to #HarperCallEgypt NOW & ask for Mohamed Fahmy’s release immediately #freeAJStaff (click here to tweet!)
2. Sign the Petition!
Join 50,000 others (& share the petition widely with your contacts!)
3. Tell Prime Minister Harper to call Egypt!
Sample email (copy & paste)
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Leave this message:
“I am a supporter of Mohamed Fahmy. He is a Canadian citizen, and a journalist, and though he has committed no crime, he is set to go to retrial onFebruary 23. I urge Prime Minister Harper to contact President el-Sisi immediately and request that Mr. Fahmy’s deportation order be honoured so that he can return safely home to Canada right away.”
(Of course, please remember to remain polite and respectful!)