Egypt to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial for ‘airing false news’


Colin Freeman
Telegraph.co.uk
January 29, 2014

aljazeera_logo Egypt’s crackdown on press freedoms gathered pace today as the military-led government said it would put 20 journalists from the al-Jazeera television network on trial, including two Britons.

The announcement was made by Egyptian prosecutors, who said that the Britons four – along with an Australian and a Dutch national – stood accused of “airing false news”.

The charges are thought to be linked to complaints that al- Jazeera has broadcast interviews with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose government was toppled in last June’s military coup. The Egyptian government has since blacklisted the Brotherhood as a terrorist group.

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