Egypt charges 20 journalists

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Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday referred to trial 20 journalists working with Al-Jazeera television network, including four foreigners accused of “airing false news.” The 16 Egyptians have been charged with belonging to a “terrorist organization… and harming national unity and social peace,” the prosecution said in a statement. The 4 foreigners – two Britons, an Australian and a Dutch national – have been accused of “collaborating with the Egyptians by providing them with money, equipment, information… and airing false news aimed at informing the outside world that the country was witnessing a civil war.” Of the 20, only 8 are in detention, while others are being sought by authorities.

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