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Egypt Extends Detention of Al Jazeera Journalists

al-jazeera-logoA team of Al Jazeera journalists who were arrested in Egypt for suspected ties to the Muslim Brotherhood will be held for 15 more days, the network says.

Egyptian authorities arrested four Cairo-based journalists — correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy – on December 29. Fawzy was later released; the other three are being held separately in Tora prison.

Two more Al Jazeera journalists, Mubasher Misr and Abdullah Al Shami, are being held in Egypt. Misr has been held for six months and Al Shami has been held for five months. According to Al Jazeera, the verdict in Misr’s case was scheduled to be announced Thursday, but the authorities have delayed their decision. The sentencing will now take place on February 2.

“By continuing to hold our journalists, the Egyptian authorities are attempting to silence us and to disable our role as a media organisation,” Al Jazeera said in a statement. “We condemn the allegations directed at our staff by Egyptian authorities which are aiming to stigmatise us, and further incite violence against our journalists working on the ground. This is all part of a larger antagonistic campaign against us.”

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Al Jazeera Journalists Detained in Egypt

Al-Jazeera-LogoFour Cairo-based journalists for Al Jazeera are being held in Egypt because of alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Washington Post reports:

The reporters, including one Australian national, are accused of “harming national security” through links to the recently banned Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The arrests are the latest development in a rapidly escalating crackdown against the Brotherhood, an Islamist group that the government last week declared a “terrorist organization.”

Egyptian police said the Al Jazeera English bureau — which had been broadcasting from a suite at the Marriott hotel following the closure of its Arabic-language sister channel during a military coup in July — was being used as a meeting point and press center for members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The journalists — identified by Al Jazeera as correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy — were arrested during raids Sunday night. Al Jazeera is demanding their immediate release.