Al-Jazeera Reporters Get 3 Years in Prison for 'Spreading False News' in Egypt

Human rights attorney Amal Clooney reacts to the verdict, saying it "sends a very dangerous message ... Journalist can be locked up for simply doing their job."
2:35 | 08/30/15

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Transcript for Al-Jazeera Reporters Get 3 Years in Prison for 'Spreading False News' in Egypt
Thank you, Ron We want to turn now to Amal Clooney who's taking center stage, who's married to George Clooney is outraged after three journalists were sentenced in Egypt to three years behind bars. Alex Marquardt is in London for us. This is not the outcome that any of us were expecting? Reporter: It's not. Good morning, Paula. This trial has been slammed by government, legal and human rights activists. It's a stunning sentence and the global outrage against it is being led by Amal Clooney. It was expected to be the end of a long and painful process for the three algazeera journalists. Believed to be trumpld-up charges of spreading false news. The judge stunned the courtroom and the world after handing down three-year sentences. A Canadian has been represented by Amal Clooney who blasted the government for the ruling. It sends a message that journalists can be locked for simply doing their job. Reporter: Clooney's repetitr reputation con skwered Hollywood's most famous bachelor it is. Since her 2014 wedding to George Clooney, Amal has been stealing the show on red carpets and magazine covers and getting a shoutout at the golden globes for her long list of accomplishment and so tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award. But now it's the fight to free the Al jazeera staff back in the spotlight, Amal Clooney is taking the spotlight. Evefrom the U.N., U.S., UK, there's no evidence to sustain any of the charges. Reporter: And shortly after the sentence was handed down, the U.S. State department called on Egypt to reconsider, saying the freedom of the press to investigate, report and comment is fundamental to any free society. Certainly is and certainly shocking. Freedom of the speech, freedom of the press. All right let's turn now to Sara who has an upset on tennis.

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