Jailed Al Jazeera staff again denied bail in Egypt

May 4, 2014 10:58 am

m_Jailed Al Jazeera staff again denied bail in Egypt

Cairo 04th May 2014: The trial against three Al Jazeera journalists was again postponed by an Egyptian court on World Press Freedom Day.

Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and broadcasting false information were arrested on 29th December last year.

It was their seventh court appearance yesterday and the judge adjourned the case until May 15.

Mohamed Fahmy, explained to the judge that it was his job as a journalist to have contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood as well as with the country’s intelligence, police forces and government.

All three reportedly shouted “Happy Press Freedom Day” as they were taken out of the court room.

Al Jazeera rejects the charges against its staff. The network calls for the Egyptian authority to take the opportunity of World Press Freedom Day to immediately release its journalists.

A fourth al-Jazeera reporter, Abdullah al-Shami, who works for the network’s Arabic channel, has been in prison for more than 262 days, but not charged. He has been on hunger strike for over 100 days in protest at his imprisonment.

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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