04/02/2014 13:12 GMT | Updated 04/02/2014 13:59 GMT

#FreeAJStaff: Journalists Start Viral Campaign To Free Al Jazeera Reporters In Egypt

Journalists have been tweeting their solidarity over the imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists, as dozens protested against the incarceration outside Egyptian embassies on Tuesday.

Former BBC journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera English colleagues, producers Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been detained in Egypt for 38 days, accused of "fabricating news" and plotting against the military government.

This week, journalists from Channel 4 News, ABC, the BBC, The Wall Street Journal all posted photos from their personal Twitter accounts in support of #FreeAJStaff:


In Nairobi, protesters gathered with signs saying "Being a Journalist is not a crime" and "Free Aljazeera Staff now" - many wearing tape sealing up their mouths.

Egyptian embassy staff declined to take messages of goodwill and books which activists had prepared for the journalists.

Foreign journalists hold banners as they march to the Egyptian Embassy to show support to Peter Greste, an Australian journalist who was arrested and detained in Cairo

"We wanted to come together, as both local and foreign correspondents, to protest in Nairobi because we know Peter Greste and we know that these allegations brought by the Egyptian government against him and his colleagues are baseless and unfounded," the head of the Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa Robyn Kriel said.

"Peter is our friend and colleague. He was just doing his job to the best of his ability, and we want him and his team released immediately."