Release of al-Jazeera journalist in Egypt welcomed by UN chief

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Stephane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The decision of the Egyptian authorities to release a detained journalist has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Peter Greste, an Australian national was arrested in December 2013 and charged with his two colleagues of working with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The arrest of Peter Greste and his two colleagues from the al-Jazeera television network followed the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military authorities.

In a statement issued on Monday, the UN Secretary-General noted that there are other journalists still in detention in Egypt.

He expressed the hope that their cases will also be resolved shortly, said Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

"The Secretary-General again underscores the importance of safeguarding freedom of speech and association in Egypt. He strongly believes that pluralism is key for achieving long-term stability, including the guarantee that all peaceful voices are heard and represented." (17")

The Secretary-General has reiterated his continued commitment to supporting the Egyptian people’s struggle for stability, democracy, and prosperity.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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