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Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt trial

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 - 01:33

Feb. 21 - Egypt begins trial of three Al Jazeera journalists who are facing charges of aiding Egyptians belonging to a ''terrorist organisation.'' Sarah Toms reports.

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Inside this Cairo prison three Al Jazeera journalists are being tried for joining and aiding a "terrorist organisation". They are among 20 people accused with some of the charges carrying sentences ranging from five to 15 years. Lawyers for Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed along with five others were refused bail. Back home in Australia, Greste's parents are devastated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FATHER OF ARRESTED AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST PETER GRESTE, JURIS GRESTE, SAYING: "He's been maligned, blacklisted, he's in the place of the worst of the worst. I hope you understand that I was ready to explode. Where is natural justice? Where is compassion? Where is human dignity?" Al-Jazeera denies aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, a political organisation, which the authorities have fiercely cracked down on since the military ousted its leader President Mohammed Morsi in July. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF NEWS GATHERING AT AL JAZEERA ENGLISH, HEATHER ALLAN, SAYING: "We believe we will be acquitted. The lawyers are fully on board with us, they fully believe in our case, they fully believe that we were just operating as journalists, we don't have an agenda, we have nothing against Egypt, we certainly don't lie or do biased reporting. So, we believe that we are innocent." Outside the prison gates, the reporters wait for the start of the trial that has raised concerns of freedom of speech in Egypt

Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt trial

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 - 01:33

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