Media Release

Journalism is No Crime Rally at Fed Square


Melbourne Press Club

Images of the three journalists imprisoned in Egypt were displayed on the Big Screen in Fed Square in Melbourne this morning and were tweeted around the world and posted on social media.

Michael Rowland, President, Melbourne Press Club with Louise Connor, Victorian Secretary,
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance at Fed Square this morning.

Michael Rowland, President, Melbourne Press Club speaks at the
Journalism is No Crime Rally at Fed Square today.

Louise Connor, Victorian Secretary, MEAA speaks at the Rally at Fed Square.

The action is one of the latest moves to continue to highlight the plight of Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera English colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. 

The trio have been jailed in Egypt following a farce of a trial for between seven and ten years, a verdict which has been internationally condemned by world leaders.

Supporters used their smart phones to take photos of the Big Screen image of the three journalists.

Supporters of the Journalism is No Crime campaign used their smart phones to take photos of the Big Screen and commenced a coordinated and ongoing worldwide Twitter and Facebook campaign.

Statements of support from the Melbourne Press Club and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance were recorded in front of the Big Screen image and also released on social media.

Some of the media in attendance at Fed Square this morning.

The call to action is also being spread through community via the media to maintain a public profile nationally and internationally with the simple and direct message Journalism is No Crime.

Media Enquiries:
Ron Smith, Corporate Media Communications, Fed Square - Mobile: 0417 329 201

How to Join the Twitter Campaign

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Greste family website - visit and leave messages of support

Statement from the Greste Family

Journalism is Not a Crime Melbourne Fed Square Rally 14 July 2014

"We the Greste family have been overwhelmed and humbled by the continuing support for Peter and his colleagues Mohamed and Baher.

Peter has also expressed to his immediate family that the outpouring of support from Australians and around the world helps to maintain his strength and perseverance to continue the fight for his release.

We can say without doubt that Peter is innocent of all charges laid against him and we will fight the seven year jail sentence handed down to him.

We have also been humbled by the support we have received through the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it email account and by donations given at the web page.

Events like today keep the story of Peter and his colleagues alive and to help free them we need to keep this story going in the media and on social media.

Peter is an experienced journalist who has travelled the world speaking for those who aren't able to speak for themselves.

Today is about us telling the story of his plight, so he may again tell those stories that keep us connected to the plight of others."

Thank you
The Family of Peter Greste