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News presenters from around the world join campaign in support of journalists held in Egypt

The hashtag #FreeAJStaff has been shared over 786 million times. Photo: Al Jazeera

ITN’s Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham joined some the world’s most prominent presenters from multiple news organisations in a video campaign in support of journalists being held in Egypt.

The broadcast of the message comes ahead of the court appearance in Cairo of three of the four Al Jazeera journalists who have been detained in Egypt for 85 days.

The film asks viewers to “imagine a world where reality is distorted, imagine being kept in the dark about major world events, and imagine being silenced when speaking out could save your life.”

The rare coming together of news organisations the film also features CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Channel Seven Australia’s Mark Ferguson, and Al Jazeera English’s Shiulie Ghosh.

We are very grateful to our colleagues around the world for their support of our staff detained in Egypt.

Mohamed, Baher, and Peter are world-class journalists and are in detention for simply doing their job. We have seen massive support for them and for journalism from all corners of the globe, so the message of this film is clear – journalism matters and people have a right to be heard and to be informed.

– Al Anstey, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English

The 40 second film ends with a collage of photos of journalists around the world muted as part of the FreeAJStaff campaign.

The hashtag #FreeAJStaff has been shared over 786 million times since it was launched during a day of action in Nairobi on 4th February.