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Egypt Arrests Four Al Jazeera English Journalists for Reporting ‘False News’

Four journalists working for the Al Jazeera English network, including the channel’s Cairo chief, were arrested in Egypt over the weekend and charged with colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Claiming the correspondents were engaged in publishing “false news” that “damaged national security,” the Interior Ministry detained bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, producer Baher Mohamed, and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy. Authorities also accused the four of having documents pertaining to pro-Muslim Brotherhood student rallies.

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Al Jazeera called for their release on Monday, in a post alleging Egyptian press conditions have rapidly deteriorated since this summer’s deposition of Mohamed Morsi. Al Jazeera’s offices were raided by the government shortly after the coup that unseated Morsi, in an alleged attempt to prevent them from broadcasting pro-Morsi demonstrations.

Egyptian authorities, led by the military, recently blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’s party, for a blast that killed sixteen. The interim government used the attack to declare the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, banning affiliation with the organization and rounding up scores of members ahead of new presidential elections.

[h/t NY Times]

[Image via Al Jazeera]

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