A year after three Al-Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal. The arrest and prosecution of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian Baher Mohammed sent a chill through the media.

They were detained on suspicion of helping the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government later declared a terrorist organization, and were sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison in a trial most observers said lacked any evidence to incriminate the journalists. Egypt's Court of Cassation begins hearing their appeal on Thursday.

On Monday, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the U.S. was expressing its concerns over the imprisonment directly to the Egyptian government. - AP