02/06/2014 12:40 EST | Updated 04/08/2014 05:59 EDT

Al Jazeera to demand Egypt release 5 detained journalists

Al Jazeera will hold a news conference today to call on Egyptian authorities to release five journalists held there for more than a month.

On Dec. 29, Canadian-Egyptian journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Bahar Mohammed of Al Jazeera English were imprisoned in Cairo. Their Al Jazeera colleagues, Abdullah Al Shami and Mohammed Badr, are also in Egyptian custody.

Owen Watson, Al Jazeera's executive of news gathering will be joined at the news conference by:

- Tony Burman, former managing director of Al Jazeera English.

- John Stackhouse, editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail.

- Tom Henheffer, executive director of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).

- Michelle Shephard CJFE board member and Toronto Star national security reporter.

- John Greyson, filmmaker and York University professor.

- Avi Lewis, journalist and CBC veteran.

- Dave Enders, friend and former colleague of Mohamed Fahmy.