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Family hopes charges will be dropped as trial begins for Canadian in Egypt

The family of an Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo is hoping the "ridiculous" charges he is facing will be dropped when his trial starts this week. Mohamed Fahmy was working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English when he was arrested along with two colleagues at the end of December. After languishing for weeks in a dank, cramped cell at a notorious prison, he was charged last month with several offences, including being a member of a terrorist group — allegations his family and his employer have vehemently decried.

Family hopes charges will be dropped as trial begins for Canadian in Egypt

The family of an Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo is hoping the "ridiculous" charges he is facing will be dropped when his trial starts this week. Mohamed Fahmy was working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English when he was arrested along with two colleagues at the end of December. After languishing for weeks in a dank, cramped cell at a notorious prison, he was charged last month with several offences, including being a member of a terrorist group — allegations his family and his employer have vehemently decried.

Parents of Australian reporter held in Egypt petition for his release

BRISBANE, Australia (Reuters) - The parents of an Australian journalist held on terrorism-related charges in Egypt have launched an online petition calling for his release days before his trial is due to start in Cairo. Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste has been charged, along with several colleagues, with publishing lies that harmed Egypt's national interest. Greste's parents, Lois and Juris, have collected more than 30,000 signatures calling for Peter to be set free via their petition on campaign website avaaz.org.

Egyptian-Canadian journalist set to go on trial in Cairo next week

An Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has been imprisoned in Cairo for a month and a half is expected to go on trial next week, his family said Monday. Mohamed Fahmy — who was charged last month with several offences, including being a member of a terrorist group — is to face trial Feb. 20. "That's actually surprising because knowing how things are in Egypt, it usually takes a long time to get a court date," Fahmy's brother Sherif told The Canadian Press. "We're hoping that it's going to be over."

Egypt detains man who sent pictures to Jazeera: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo prosecutor has ordered the detention of an Egyptian accused of altering photographs before sending them to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network and of belonging to a terrorist organization, judicial sources said on Sunday. Egyptian authorities have arrested several Al Jazeera journalists in recent months and accuse the network of bias towards the opposition Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt's Sabahi says to contest presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi said on Saturday he had decided to run for the presidency in a forthcoming election that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win. Sabahi came third in the 2012 election won by Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was deposed by the army in July following mass protests against his rule. "My personal decision as a citizen is to run for the coming presidential elections," Sabahi said in a public address.

Ottawa not doing enough to free Egyptian-Canadian reporter jailed in Cairo:group

TORONTO - Ottawa's timid attempts to free an Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo have been ineffective and "shameful," a coalition of media organizations charged Thursday in calling for forceful political intervention. Mohamed Fahmy was charged last month with several offences, including being a member of a terrorist group. More than a dozen of his colleagues at the satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera are also facing charges in what's believed to be the first time Egypt has referred journalists to trial for terrorism.

Al-Jazeera: less than half of wanted Egypt reporters are staff

Less than half the journalists accused by Egypt's military-installed authorities of being part of a "terror cell" involving Qatari-owned broadcaster Al-Jazeera actually work for the network, the channel said Thursday. Egyptian prosecutors on January 31 referred to trial 20 journalists allegedly working for Al-Jazeera after accusing them of portraying Egypt as being in a state of "civil war" and "airing false news."

Germany voices concern over Egypt media freedom

Germany's foreign minister voiced concern Wednesday over media freedom in Egypt, which has detained a number of Al-Jazeera broadcast journalists accused of being part of a "terror cell". Berlin sees "developments that cause us concern" in the areas of freedom of expression and freedom of the press, said Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmi.

Egypt's Morsi trial adjourned to March 1

An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned the murder trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to March 1, to review video evidence against the Islamist. Morsi and 14 co-defendants, some of them former aides, are charged with inciting the killings of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. The court also postponed witness testimony scheduled for Wednesday's session, after Morsi's defence requested more time to prepare for cross examination.
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