Early last week, the first hearing for the apparently terrorist “Marriott Cell” in Cairo was heard. If that sounds bizarre to you, it ought to. Two journalists, an Egyptian-Canadian dual national called Mohammad Fadel Fahmy, and an Australian national, Peter Greste, who works with Al-Jazeera English, were detained from that hotel. They are, it “seems,” in league with terrorists. In other news, it also “seems” that the moon is made of Swiss cheese. Regardless, the case raises a few points of some importance.
It is admirable, and inspiring, to see members of the journalistic profession from across the world stand by others of their vocationH.A. Hellyer