Al-Jazeera journalists face trial
Published 29/01/2014 | 12:37
Twenty journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network have been sent for trial in Egypt on charges of joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news endangering national security.
The country's chief prosecutor's office said 16 Egyptians in the case are accused of joining a terrorist group, while four foreigners - an Australian, a Dutch citizen, and two Britons - are accused of helping to promote false news benefiting the terrorist group.
It is the first instance of terror-related charges against journalists and foreigners since the government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in December. The statement said eight are currently in detention.
Egypt's government accuses the Qatar-based broadcaster of bias in favour of the Brotherhood. Al-Jazeera denies the charges, demanding its reporters be freed.