George Clooney on the TIFF red carpet of "Our Brand is Crisis," Friday Sept. 11.
In an interview Friday night in Toronto, George Clooney called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to push for the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy from an Egyptian prison.
"I hope that Prime Minister Harper, I hope that the Canadian government continues to put as much pressure as they can on the Egyptian government to deport Mohamed Fahmy," Clooney told etalk's Ben Mulroney on the TIFF red carpet for his film "Our Brand is Crisis."
"He is a Canadian citizen and he should be here and not in a jail in Egypt."
Fahmy was arrested in December 2013 along with two other journalists while working for Al Jazeera English in Cairo, on terrorism-related charges that have largely been denounced. After a retrial, Fahmy was sentenced to three years in Egyptian prison on August 29, 2015.
An Egyptian court said this week the journalists were members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, considered a terrorist organization by authorities, through their association with Al Jazeera.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, George's wife, has been fighting for Fahmy's release.
"It sent a message that journalists can be locked up simply for telling the truth and reporting the news," she told media after Fahmy was sentenced in August. "And it sends a dangerous message that there are judges in Egypt that will allow their courts to become instruments of political repression."
One of the reporters Fahmy was arrested with, Peter Greste, was deported from Egypt in February.
"Peter Greste, who is the Australian Citizen, who is one of the three Al Jazeera journalists, has been set free because of great efforts by the Australian government," George Clooney said Friday.
His words for Harper come days after Fahmy's wife, Marwa Omara, sent a letter to the Prime Minister signed by 300 prominent Canadians, calling on the federal government to push for Fahmy's release.
Watch George Clooney speak out about Mohamed Fahmy to etalk