Three television journalists working for Al Jazeera are among 100 people who received pardons today from Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Reuters reports.
The move comes one day before Sisi planned to travel to the United Nations summit of world leaders, the report notes.
“Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to three years in prison in a retrial last month for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt,” Reuters reports. “Greste had already been deported in February.”
Among those pardoned were prisoners who had been found guilty of violating a law passed in 2013 that bans protests without a permit, the report notes.
“Human rights groups have accused Egyptian authorities of widespread violations since the army toppled the country’s first democratically elected president, Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, after mass protests against his rule two years ago,” Reuters reports. “Egyptian security forces arrested dozens of activists last year for violating the 2013 protest ban.”