Protect journalists call from city experts

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Sheffield University academics called for greater safety and protection for journalists at a top conference held at the BBC’s Broadcasting House.

William Horsley, Jackie Harrison and Nicholas Tsagorious, all members of The Centre for Freedom of the Media based in Sheffield, attended the event.

The event marked 100 days since the arrest and detention in Egypt of three respected Al Jazeera journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Those gathered called for the release of the trio and more than 200 other journalists imprisoned around the world for doing their job.

Representatives from CFOM took part in a minute’s silence and united to sign the following statement: “We have gathered to protest at the increasing attacks on journalism around the world and the damage to free speech that can result from the rise in violence and intimidation against the media.

“In too many countries journalists are facing serious intimidation and violence, which in turn leads to disturbing patterns of censorship. We call on the governments concerned to investigate each one of those crimes promptly.”