Al-Jazeera cameraman acquitted in Egypt
Mohamed Badr, a cameraman for Al-Jazeera’s channel in Egypt, was arrested following clashes in July
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.