#BBCtrending: Jailed journalist Peter Greste's birthday keeps campaign alive

A group of journalists gather in the CNN studio in front of a sign saying 'Journalism Matters' Image copyright Twitter/Ivana Kottasova

The jailed journalist Peter Greste is trending on Twitter as campaigners mark his birthday.

Journalists, activists and well-wishers are using Greste's 49th birthday as an opportunity to keep the imprisonment of him and two of his al-Jazeera colleagues in the news.

Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were convicted of spreading false news and supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood by a Cairo court in June this year - charges they denied.

The Australian reporter's family travelled to Egypt to visit him and tweeted that the social media campaign is lifting his spirits.

Last month, Greste's parents made a direct appeal to Egypt's president for his release by Christmas.

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Image caption Journalists around the world have posted selfies in support of the campaign, including this one from earlier this year.

Reporting by Ruth Alexander

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