Canadian-Egyptian journalist wins World Press Freedom Award

Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy is pictured in this undated Twitter profile photo. (Twitter/QMI...

Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy is pictured in this undated Twitter profile photo. (Twitter/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

An Egyptian judge wished three al-Jazeera journalists, including Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, a happy World Press Freedom Day before refusing them bail and adjourning their case until May 15, The Guardian reported.

Last week, the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom gave Fahmy the World Press Freedom Award "in recognition of the battle he has fought for free speech since being detained with two colleagues in late December."

In a brief session Saturday, Fahmy, al-Jazeera English's Cairo bureau chief, was allowed to leave the defendants' cage to explain the nature of journalism to the judge, the paper said.

"I have great relations with state security, with the army and the intelligence," Fahmy said. "That's normal, that's journalism, that's my job."

Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Australian correspondent Peter Greste were arrested in Egypt on Dec. 29. They have been charged with being members of a terrorist group, inciting violence and possessing unlicensed broadcasting equipment. All three deny the charges.

During a recess, Greste shouted to reporters from the defendants' cage: "We recognize the significance of the coincidence of this trial falling on World Press Freedom Day."

Also on Saturday, Ahmed Kathrada, who was Nelson Madela's cellmate at Robben Island, asked the Egyptian government to release the journalists.


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