Hundreds to protest over Al Jazeera journalist jailings

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed before they were each jailed for seven years yesterday for helping the Muslim Brotherhood. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of journalists are to protest In London later today over the jailing in Egypt of colleagues from Al Jazeera which has provoked outrage around the world.

Staff from the BBC and other news organisations will hold a one minute silent protest outside New Broadcasting House in London at 9.41am-the time of yesterday's sentencing.

Australian-born Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed were each sentenced to seven years in prison over alleged terrorism charges.

The imprisonment of the journalists on charges relating to terrorism provoked Foreign Secretary William Hague to summon the Egyptian ambassador in London for a meeting yesterday.