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Al Jazeera renews long-term support for Rory Peck Trust

Al Jazeera renews long-term support for Rory Peck Trust

The Al Jazeera Media Network has committed to a further three years of funding for the Trust.

Committed funding from the international broadcaster will enable the Trust to provide increasingly essential support to freelance journalists around the world. The Trust's other long-term corporate donors are BBC, Channel 4 Television, CNN, ITN, NBC, Reuters, Sky News and WDR.

"We are delighted that Al Jazeera Media Network are returning as a major funder", said Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust.  "The Trust is committed to helping freelance journalists and their families survive critical situations, and work safely and professionally.  In the past two years, we have provided an unprecedented amount of support to freelancers working and living in the Middle East, but we also need to provide adequate and sustained assistance to freelancers in crisis in many other regions of the world. Al Jazeera's continued support will help us to do that - it is a demonstration of the value that they place on freelancers."  

Abdulla Al Najjar, Executive Director of Marketing and Distribution at Al Jazeera Media Network said: " We are very pleased to continue the relationship with the Rory Peck Trust and support their outstanding efforts.  In a world where the truth is always under attack, the enterprise of journalism continues to be threatened from all sides with journalists on the front lines.  We look forward to working with the Rory Peck Trust as committed partners during the next three years to support freelance journalists and their families across the world."

Image: Egyptian journalists Baher Mohamed (left) and Mohamed Fahmy (centre) with Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste (right) in a Cairo court room.  All three were working for Al Jazeera English covering the upheaval in Egypt, when they were detained on 29 December 2013. They are still in jail. The  #freeajstaff campaign calls for the release of the journalists. 

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