Middle East

Journalist jailed in Cairo recognized with award

File - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste stands inside the defendants' cage in a courtroom during a trial on terror charges, along with several other defendants, in Cairo Egypt, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)

OTTAWA, Ontario: An Egyptian-Canadian journalist behind bars in Cairo is receiving the annual World Press Freedom Award.

The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom has named Mohamed Fahmy, a producer with Al-Jazeera English, as the 16th recipient of the award.

Fahmy was arrested with two colleagues in December and has been in jail ever since.

The three face terrorism-related charges based on the Egyptian authorities' accusations that they provided a platform to the Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, which the government has declared a terrorist organization. Al-Jazeera says it employs six other defendants arrested on the same charges.

Fahmy said in a statement smuggled out of prison that the award lifted the morale of the three.

Fahmy is to be recognized Friday at a luncheon event in Ottawa.





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