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Unions protest to free Al Jazeera news crew

12 April 2011

Members of BECTU and the NUJ will demonstrate outside the Libyan Embassy in London this week to demand the release of three colleagues from the Al Jazeera Network detained last month while covering the continuing conflict in Libya.

Staff from Al Jazeera will join the protest in support of correspondent Ahmad val ould Eddin and cameramen Ammar Al-Hamdan and Kamel Al Tallou.

The trio were held in the north west of Libya near Zintan and then imprisoned in Tripoli; the authorities there have not provided any information on why they are being held.

Support the demo: Libyan Embassy, Thursday 14 April

The demonstration on Thursday 14 April will take place between 12 noon and 4.00 pm in front of the Libyan Embassy, 15 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LY. The nearest tube station is Hyde Park Corner.

Assistant general secretary, Luke Crawley said:

“It is vital that news crews must be able to go about their work without the fear of arrest or detention. Their role is to shoot pictures and gather news and inevitably that involves working in war zones, as in Libya.

"It is an important principle that when they are risking their lives, camera crews and journalists must be protected from arbitrary detention by either side. Please support the demo.”



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