Al-Jazeera rejects Egyptian charges against detained journalists

Egypt's military-backed interim administration has repeatedly accused Al-Jazeera of bias towards ousted president Morsi, an allegation the channel denies.

Al-Jazeera rejects Egyptian charges against detained journalists

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel has rejected Egyptian charges against four detained journalists, saying the accusations "do not stand up to scrutiny".

"The detained Al-Jazeera crew have been pursuing the highest journalist standards of integrity and credibility," a spokesman for the Qatar-funded television said.

Earlier this month, Egyptian authorities arrested four journalists from Al Jazeera's English-language news channel for broadcasting "unlicensed" media material for Al Jazeera news channel from a downtown Cairo hotel.

In a Thursday statement, Egypt's Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat accused the journalists with "joining a terrorist group with the intent of gathering material and tampering with it with the aim of tarnishing Egypt's image".

But the Al-Jazeera spokesman said that the statement "looks like a prejudgment on an ongoing investigation".

Egypt's military-backed interim administration has repeatedly accused Al-Jazeera of bias towards ousted president Mohamed Morsi, an allegation the channel denies.

Last Mod: 17 Ocak 2014, 10:58
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