Egypt’s Authorities Don’t Like Al-Jazeera’s Coverage So They’re Putting 20 Journalists on Trial

The journalists, both Egyptian and foreign, are accused of aiding "terrorists"

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In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Mohammed Badr, a cameraman for Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, appears at a court in Cairo, Egypt.

Egyptian authorities have announced that twenty Al-Jazeera journalists, including four foreigners, will stand trial on charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security. The move has stoked fears of a crackdown on the freedom of the press.

The journalists are alleged to have set up a “media center” for the Muslim Brotherhood and to have  “manipulated pictures” to give the world the impression that “there is a civil war that threatens to bring down the state.”

Authorities have long viewed Al-Jazeera as biased toward the Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist organization by the government last month, but the Qatar-based network denies the allegations.

Experts told Associated Press that journalists had previously been detained in Egypt, but never tried in court.

Amnesty International urged Cairo to immediately drop all charges, and U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that, “the government’s targeting of journalists and others on spurious claims is wrong and demonstrates an egregious disregard for the protection of basic rights and freedoms.”

The trial date has not yet been set, and the full list of charges and defendants’ names not yet issued, but they are known to include the Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English, Mohammed Fahmy, the award-winning Australian correspondent Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed.

[AP]

6 comments
AmrRashad
AmrRashad

@vrome Shame on you ...you don,t know anything about the egyption matter ..you Believe,s what your midia Telling you....

Unfortunately, the coverage of the events of unfair .. and Al-Jazeera in particular is working for the benefit of the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical., Which filled the streets with violence and bloodshed ... We lived these events .. and we had suffered them .. This was the channel mobility picture completely inverted events and to now .. this is not inflammatory programs against Egypt .. unfortunately, most of the reporters are taking it reports .. but the truth was not just that ..The truth is what we suffer from the persecution of the opposition and violence unprecedented in the country. Killed by militia organization working for the terrorist group (the Muslim Brotherhood) .. It has been shown their face ugly .. and were dependent on the support of the U.S. administration, which took place in the falsehood that planted this group terrorist attacks in the heads of the State Department and the U.S. presidential ....Where they submitted themselves to the U.S. administration as a group representing political Islam moderate .. but in reality they hide the truth .. and perhaps some intelligence agencies have known it .. but as usual U.S. interests always come before any values ​​of humanity or other people .. will not be inundated in the conspiracy theory .. but you have to take the truth from the mouths of those who have suffered and lived them day after day. were terrorized and assaulted ..You Review yourselves .. and look Maflth this terrorist group from the persecution of the Christian minority in Egypt .. and how it burned more than 70 church. And terrorized the people of Christians across Egypt .. and how it prevented the entire villages to go out in the elections at gunpoint. If you believe this counterfeiting, which the appropriateness of the media. You do not know anything at all about the truth
@vrome

RehabMaher
RehabMaher

that's not true at all  why this Magazine want to  faked every thing  why you want to Destroys Egypt for what

vrome
vrome

What?  The evil dictator isn't respecting basic human rights?

vrome
vrome

@AmrRashad @vrome  Another silly gullible Egyptian that has to support the brutal regime or become a victim.    You can continue to believe the evil dictator that has stolen control of your country and persecutes reporters for revealing the truth, but I chose to believe the world media because it isn't censored.   


The Egyptian Brotherhood has never controlled the military or the police.  The Egyptian Brotherhood has no enforcement ability, so they can't be blamed for the heinous actions against the Christian minority in Egypt.  That is the fault of the military for failing to provide security.


Likewise, Egyptian people are poor because the military controls the  wealth, manufacturing, land, etc. and it isn't in the military dictator's best interest to share the wealth he steals from the country.

vrome
vrome

@RehabMaher You silly, gullible Egyptian.  When will you acknowledge that General Sissy is an evil terrorist who has stolen control of your country to keep power for himself, and to keep people like you impoverished and ignorant.   If you don't believe Time.com, try Al-Jazeera or Japantimes.  They are printing the same stuff.