Al Jazeera Journalists’ Retrial to Begin in Egypt
Cairo – The retrial of two Al Jazeera English journalists who face terror-related charges in a case widely criticised by human rights organisations and media groups is set to begin on Monday in Egypt.
Both bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed have been free on bail since earlier this month awaiting trial, though they’ve had to check in with police each day.
The two, arrested in December 2013, face charges accusing them of being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage Egyptian national security. Satellite news network Al Jazeera is based in Qatar, which was the main backer of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, of which toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi belonged.
Since Morsi’s ouster, Egypt has been cracking down heavily on his supporters, and the journalists were accused of being mouthpieces for the Brotherhood. Al Jazeera and the journalists have denied the allegations, saying they were simply reporting the news.