Jailed Aljazeera journalists denied bail by Muslim brotherhood in Egypt

Posted: March 31, 2014 in News

An Egyptian court on Monday again denied bail to three Al Jazeera journalists who are jailed on terrorism-related charges in a case that has drawn international condemnation from human rights groups.

Correspondent Peter Greste, producer Mohamed Fahmy and producer Baher Mohamed were allowed outside a caged dock to address the court in a hearing Monday, each taking the opportunity to deny allegations that they were affiliated with the banned Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood.

The three were arrested December 29 at a Cairo hotel room and later charged with joining what the government says is a terrorist group — the Muslim Brotherhood — as well as broadcasting false information and working in Egypt without permits.

The Egyptian government says they distorted their coverage in favor of ousted President Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood. The accused have denied the allegations against them, saying they were simply doing their jobs.

Fahmy told the court that he and his colleagues were not covering Egypt in secrecy but in the open as they would any other country.


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