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Al Jazeera employees accused of creating ‘terrorist media network’

Trial raises questions on freedom of the press in Egypt


 

Al-Jazeera employees held for trial on Wednesday. From left, Baher Mohamed , Mohamed Fahmy , Abduallah Al-Shamy , Peter Greste and Mohamed Fawzy. (Photo Courtesy of Al-Jazeera Media Network)
Al-Jazeera employees held for trial on Wednesday.
From left, Baher Mohamed , Mohamed Fahmy , Abduallah Al-Shamy , Peter Greste and Mohamed Fawzy.
(Photo Courtesy of Al-Jazeera Media Network)

 

Twenty employees from Qatari-based news channel Al Jazeera have been referred to criminal court on a range of charges, including broadcasting false news and belonging to a terror group.

Dubbed the “Marriott Cell” by the prosecution, the main charges centre around three Al Jazeera journalists arrested on 29 December, Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, and producer Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian national.  Fahmy and Greste were arrested at the Zamalek Marriott where they were using two rented suites as a base of operations, while Baher was arrested the same night at his home in suburban Cairo.

According to the criminal complaint, Fahmy—referred to as a member of the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood—“created a media network” specialised in producing fabricated video news stories which then aired on Al Jazeera and CNN in an effort to tarnish Egypt’s reputation abroad, depicting Egypt in the midst of a civil war.

While executing a search warrant at the Marriott, investigators confiscated cameras, microphones, editing equipment, computers, transmission devices, sound converters, current regulators, gasmasks, foreign and local currencies, and literature for Muslim Brotherhood causes.

“The general prosecution has inspected the equipment, tools, and media footage seized from the defendants and has assigned media experts from the Egyptian Union for Television and Radio and forensic experts to inspect them,” read the statement.  “Their technical reports have shown that the media footage contains altered and modified video scenes using software and high-calibre editing equipment…”

If found guilty defendants could face 15 to 25 years in prison with the possibility of the death penalty, according to human rights lawyer Ahmed Ezzat.  The length of the sentence depends on the strength of evidence, he added.

Eight of the defendants are currently in custody and will be referred to court, while arrest warrants have been issued for the other 12.

The Egyptian defendants listed in the complaint are charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation; calling for disruption of the law and preventing state institutions from conducting their affairs; assault on personal liberties of citizens and damaging national unity and social peace; and using terrorism as a means to implement their purposes.

The foreign defendants are charged with colluding with the Egyptian defendants and a series of other charges, including broadcasting false news to support a terrorist group; harming the national interest of the country; disturbing public security; instilling fear among the people; causing damage to the public interest; and possession of communication, filming, broadcast, and video transmission equipment without a permit from the concerned authorities.

 

Additional reporting by Joel Gulhane and Basil El-Dabh

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16 responses to “Al Jazeera employees accused of creating ‘terrorist media network’

  1. Al Jazeera is a Qatar propaganda weapon, disguised as a legitimate “media” operation.

    Finally, finally……..thank you to the people of Egypt, for bringing sanity and the guts to unmask the cowards who incite to violence behind “news” manipulation of facts.

    The sale applies to many current American media outlets, no doubt seduced by the MB/Hamas/AQ fan club in the White House.

    Bad, rotten, corrupt ‘media’, who’s agenda it is to interfere with, pollute and contaminate the security and culture of the Egyptian people, funding violent criminals to vandalize, torch, destroy, murder and loot………whilst referring to them as “protesters”………..

    Morsi was reportedly paid 8 Billion by Obama, in cash,
    to give 40% of the Sinai to Hamas/MB/AQ

    Did AJ report that ?
    No.
    Did they report the violence committed by Hamas and MB against seculars, modest Egyptian Muslims, Copts and foreign tourists?
    No.

    Egypt is blessed to have a son like alSisi
    May you be safe, and brave
    Sons and daughters of Pharaohs

    the courage of your Justice, in unmasking this “media” charade with deadly consequences – is remarkable and admirable,
    and long overdue in the West………..as elsewhere.

    Make Qatar pay for damages
    before they are kicked out

    1. “Morsi was reportedly paid 8 Billion by Obama, in cash, to give 40% of the Sinai to Hamas/MB/AQ”
      you don’t even sound convinced by that, so why should AJ report it?

  2. I guess it’s more humane to put journalists in jail rather than raping them at the protest rallies. Why would any tourist or journalist even want to go to Egypt anymore?

    1. I’m looking forward to visiting Egypt someday. Under Muslim Brotherhood rule, a thousand wild horses wouldn’t have been enough to drag me there. People who work for Al-jazeera are not journalists, they are mouthpieces for Islamic jihad.

    2. and Thanks God, we no need jurnalists like that. about tourists? stupid qwestion – they not come – “thanks” to fucking “muslim brothers”, AND – to jurnalists like that.

  3. Everyone should read “Terrorists in Love” by Kenneth Ballen. One of the stories contain a detailed account of the motives behind a would-be suicide bomber that lived. He was from Saudi Arabia, where Al-jazeera was regularly airing false news storiies about the “millions” of Iraqis being summarily executed in Iraq by American forces. After seeing the truth firsthand, he became a U.S. supporter! Al-jazeera IS a mouthpiece for terrorist groups, and is guilty of inciting hatred all across the middle-east and elsewhere in the world.

  4. THEY ARE ALL TERRORISTS OF THE WORST KIND!!!!
    THEY DON’T DESERVE TO LIVE!!!
    THEY MUST ALL BE SHOT AS EXAMPLE TO ALL THE OTHER TERRORISTS SO CALLED JOURNALISTS IN THE REGION!!!
    AFTER THAT QATAR MUST BE BOMB DOWN AND RETURN THE DESERT THAT ONCE WAS!!!!

  5. DEATH TO THE MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!!
    DEATH TO THE TERRORIUSTS !!!!
    THANKS GOD THE GENERALS HAVE GOT BALLS!!!!
    OBAMA BIN BARAK DOES NOT!!!!
    HOLLANDE DOES NOT!!!!!
    MERKEL(HE IS A MAN)DOES NOT!!!!

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