Egyptian Journalists’ Trial Raises Freedom Concerns
Three journalists appeared in court on Thursday to answer charges of abetting terrorism. The trial is considered by some to be politically motivated, with prosecutors accusing the three Al Jazeera journalists of supplying money, equipment and information to 16 Egyptians belonging to a “terrorist organization,” an apparent reference to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The journalists themselves deny the charges as “absurd,” and the trial has been adjourned now until March. Worldwide, journalists and human rights organizations have protested that the trial is a means of blocking freedom of expression.