Al-Jazeera cameraman acquitted in Egypt

Al-Jazeera journalists have been targeted for their coverage of Brotherhood protesters. Authorities have long depicted the network as pro-Brotherhood. (File photo: Reuters)

A Cairo court says it has acquitted a cameraman for the Qatar-based network Al-Jazeera, after he was held for months on charges of committing acts of violence.

Mohammad Badr, a cameraman for Al-Jazeera’s channel in Egypt, was arrested following clashes in July. The court said in a statement Sunday that a judge acquitted him and 62 others.

Badr’s acquittal comes amid a wider crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, after the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi on July 3.

Al-Jazeera journalists have been targeted for their coverage of Brotherhood protesters. Authorities have long depicted the network as pro-Brotherhood.

On Wednesday, Egypt said 20 journalists, including four foreigners working for Al-Jazeera, will face trial on charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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