Footage shows Al-Jazeera journalist hearing of pardon

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was visibly emotional as he learned one of his colleagues was to be freed.

Greste was filming an Australian comedy show when he discovered colleague Mohamed Fahmy had been pardoned in Egypt.

Egyptian authorities released the Canadian journalist and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed on Wednesday after a presidential pardon.

Greste was sentenced in absentia, along with Fahmy and Mohammed, for airing what a court described as "false news" and biased coverage.