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    WEB NEWS - Campaign to free journalists detained in Egypt

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    In this edition: online campaigning for three journalists detained in Egypt; Brazilian activists denounce police brutality; and a front seat roller coaster ride.


    CAMPAIGN TO FREE JOURNALISTS DETAINED IN EGYPT
    Appalling, shameful, outrageous… news professionals from all over the world have been commenting online after three journalists for Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera were jailed for seven years each by an Egyptian judge on Monday. The sentences have sparked an outcry on social media where web users are busy campaigning for the journalists’ release. 
    They are lobbying the Egyptian authorities, urging them to take all the necessary steps to revoke the sentences, under the #FreeAJStaff hashtag. Journalists from across the globe have joined the campaign for the jailed journalists, as have a number of NGOS including Amnesty International, to show their support for the news professionals being held in Egypt. 
    Ordinary citizens the world over have also joined the campaign for the three journalists. They are slamming the Egyptian court ruling, with many saying journalism is not a crime. 
    Web users are not just criticizing the Egyptian authorities; they are also calling on foreign policy makers to do everything in their power to secure the journalists` release. The people who posted these messages to Twitter for example are urging Washington to halt financial aid to Cairo until the three men are released.
    ONLINE CAMPAIGN AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY IN BRAZIL
    Handcuffs, headlocks, pepper spray … they all feature in the “Kamasurra” positions; Kama as in the famous ancient Indian Hindu text and Surra which translates from Portuguese as “beating”. These satirical ill... Go on reading on our web site.
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