Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three-year in prison. What does it mean for Egypt?

Egypt gives Al-Jazeera journalists three-year sentence. From your point of view what does this sentence tells us (if anything) about Egypt’s regime? Read few comments.

James M. DorseySenior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

It’s a verdict that calls into question the independence of the judiciary. The verdict was based on submitted evidence so flimsy that even in its reasoning was factually incorrect. It also suggests that Egypt did not want to be seen to be bowing to international pressure even if its image is further tarnished in the process. The verdict alongside recently passed draconic legislation that criminalizes independent reporting sends a stark message to the media: report the facts independently and critically at your peril. The larger picture is one in which every millimetre of public space is shut down leaving little if any space for non-violent venting of anger, frustration and dissent.

Elijah Zarwan, Writer, Analyst

This verdict shows this regime is a danger to its citizens, that the special police can arrest anyone at any time, throw him in jail on outlandish, transparently manufactured charges, and no amount of international opprobrium, no celebrity lawyer can stop them.

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