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#FreeAJStaff: Global day of action for imprisoned journalists in Egypt

Four Al Jazeera journalists have been locked up in Egyptian prisons for months.

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Al Jazeera called for a Global Day of Action on Feb. 27, 2014, to demand the release of four journalists locked up in Egypt's prisons. (Al Jazeera/Courtesy)

Journalists around the world protested Thursday as part of a Global Day of Action to demand the release of four Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt.

Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed were detained in December and accused of spreading false news and belonging to a terrorist group. A trial slated to start Feb. 21 has been moved to March 5.

A fourth Al Jazeera reporter, Abdullah Al Shamy, also remains detained without charges and has been on a hunger strike since Jan. 23.

At least 211 journalists were jailed for their work in 2013 — the second-worst year on record, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Journalists around the world showed their support for the Al Jazeera staff and other journalists using the hashtag #FreeAJStaff: