Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned Al-Jazeera’s Mohammed Fahmy, who was convicted along with two other Al-Jazeera reporters for broadcasting false news. The Canadian citizen was one of a hundred prisoners released by al-Sisi, although his colleagues were not among those who were pardoned.
Fahmy, alongside his Egyptian and Australian co-workers Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, were all sentenced to three years in prison last month following a retrial over their original charges.
Their imprisonment drew outrage from journalists and advocates for freedom of speech worldwide, and was seen by many as Egypt’s new military Government using unnecessary means to suppress opposition.
The Al-Jazeera employees were accused by protesters of working in collaboration with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, seen as a terrorist organization following the overthrow of then President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.