Egypt’s top court has ordered a new trial for three Al Jazeera journalists–Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed–who have been jailed in Cairo for more than a year in a case that has sparked a global campaign for press freedom. “Baher, Peter and Mohammed have been unjustly in jail for over a year now. The Egyptian authorities have a simple choice — free these men quickly, or continue to string this out, all the while continuing this injustice and harming the image of their own country in the eyes of the world. They should choose the former,” said an Al Jazeera spokesman.
The family of one of the men, meanwhile, is pursuing a different approach–working to have Greste deported to his home country, Australia. A decree from Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in November allowing him to deport foreigners sentenced to prison or on trial was “the best option to get Peter home.”