17 January 2014

Egypt: Public Prosecution - Al-Jazeera Manipulated Videos to Distort Egypt's Image

The Public Prosecution said defendants of media center, who were collecting and manipulating videos in a way that contradicts the truth in order to be screened on Al-Jazeera and CNN channels, are working as reporters for Al-Jazeera English TV channel.

Al-Jazeera headquarters in Doha used to assign them with specific topics to transmit on Al-Jazeera TV channel, the prosecution said, adding that Australian reporter Peter Greste is working as Al-Jazeera reporter in Cairo without permission from the authorities concerned.

The Qatari TV channel used to pay huge amounts of money daily to the reporters in order to make the required videos that distort the country's image, the prosecution said.

The defendants are accused of possessing unlicensed wireless communication and broadcasting devices in order to violate national security and broadcasting false statements and news that aim to disturb public order, it added.

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