Al Jazeera Journalist: Media in Egypt Lies in Ruins

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

News organizations stage a one-minute silent protest outside New Broadcasting House against the seven-year jail terms given to three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt on June 24, 2014 in London. (Rob Stothard/Getty)

Yesterday, three Al Jazeera journalists were found guilty of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to destabilize the country. The decision has been met with near universal condemnation by governments around the world.

Today, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made it clear that Egyptians must respect the judicial process, adding that he would not interfere with the verdict. All of this comes just days after Secretary of State John Kerry sat down for talks with el-Sisi—Sec. Kerry endorsed his presidency and offered to continue supplying the country with military aid.

Sue Turton is a senior correspondent for Al Jazeera English. She is one of the accused journalists in this case and was tried is absentia. Though not present in the courtroom, Turton was sentenced to 10 years in prison for falsifying news. Today, Turton weighs in on the verdict and the state of the media in Egypt—she says that journalism has been "strangled" in the country and that the media lies in ruins.

Guests:

Sue Turton

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Michelangelo from Miami FL

It would be so cool if I could live in a country so powerful that it could use it's economic power to make other countries rethink their bad decisions.

Oh, wait... I already live in that country.

Jun. 24 2014 01:30 PM

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