A Canadian Journalism Watchdog says the government needs to do more to get former Al-Jazeera journalist Mohammed Fahmy out of Egypt.
Tom Henheffer of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says it’s shocking that while Europe and the U-S have condemned Fahmy’s arrest — Canada hasn’t.
“I was speaking to Mohammed yesterday and he says the government has been very helpful as of late and that they are meeting with the Egyptians. But Harper has still yet to come out and condemnt this attack. And we’re asking him to do that.”
But Henheffer says the government got involved far too late — and may have botched its chance to have Fahmy deported in February.
But he says with an election now in full swing — he expects to see mounting public pressure for the government to act.
Speaking on the Weekend Afternoon Show,Henheffer says the case is about intimidating the local press.
“The reason they did it is not because they have some fear of these guys being involved in a terrorist network, it’s because it’s an authoritarian regime and they want to quell any press freedom in the country and let reporters know if they don’t toe the government line they’ll be in Jail.”
Canadian Journalist Mohammed Fahmy was covering the Arab Spring for Al Jazeera when he was arrested in 2013.
He was convicted this morning on terror charges for allegedly assisting the Muslim Brotherhood.