Saturday 27 December 2014

Al-Jazeera journalists face trial

Published 29/01/2014 | 12:37

Demonstrators hold pictures of Al Jazeera Arabic network journalist Abdullah Al Shami, one of those held in Egyptian custody (AP)
Demonstrators hold pictures of Al Jazeera Arabic network journalist Abdullah Al Shami, one of those held in Egyptian custody (AP)

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.

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