CAIRO: Egyptian prosecutors accused four Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned on Dec. 30 of fabricating media footage and being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Prosecutors said the four arrested journalists work for a pro-Muslim Brotherhood media network, and the main suspect is an Egyptian-Canadian who they claim is a member of the Brotherhood.
“They rented two suites in a hotel to use them as a media center, and manipulated scenes to broadcast it on Al-Jazeera and CNN [with the intention] to smear Egypt,” said the Attorney General Hisham Barakat.
Al-Jazeera said security forces arrested the journalists and charged them with illegal broadcasting from two hotel suites at the Mariott Hotel in Zamalek. Al-Jazeera’s spokesperson asked for immediate and unconditional release for the prisoners.
The arrested journalists are correspondent Peter Greste, cameraman Mohamed Fawz, and producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.
State Information Service said they are not targeting international media representatives in Egypt, adding that the arrested journalists are not certified to work in Egypt and their arrest has nothing to do with their nationalities or work place.
State Information Service also clarified that Al-Jazeera requested to renew their certification for 2014 but none of the journalists arrested were included in the request.
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