Baher Mohamed was under strict bail conditions when he was awarded the RTS Television Journalism Judges' Award in February
Al Jazeera English journalist Baher Mohamed has finally been presented with his RTS Television Journalism Judges' Award in Qatar.
Mohamed, along with his colleagues Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy, were recognised at the RTS Television Journalism Awards in February this year.
Greste was present at the ceremony, however Mohamed and Fahmy had to watch via satellite link from Cairo due to strict bail conditions.
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The trio were arrested in December 2013 by Egyptian authorities, and received prison sentences for allegedly reporting false news and aiding a terrorist group, charges that were denied by the journalists and Al Jazeera.
Presenting the award to Peter Greste, RTS Television Journalism Awards Chair, Stewart Purvis, said the journalists were: “Men who conducted themselves with enormous dignity and courage in the face of continued uncertainty about their fate.”
Greste was deported to Australia in February 2015, while Mohamed and Fahmy were released in September 2015 following a Presidential pardon. Greste and six other Al Jazeera staff were re-sentenced in absentia.
On arriving at Al Jazeera’s Doha headquarters, Baher Mohamed said: “I can’t stop thinking of my fellow journalists who are still behind bars. I promise every single one of them that I’ll do my best to reunite them with their loved ones. A new phase of the fight for press freedom will start from tomorrow.”
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