Egypt court rejects Al Jazeera journalists plea for bail

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An Egyptian court on Monday rejected a plea for bail by jailed Al-Jazeera journalists, who denied links with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. Prosecutors said the journalists colluded with the Islamist movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and falsely tried to portray Egypt in a state of “civil war.” The trials sparked international outrage and fueled fears of a media crackdown. Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders urged officials to release the journalists, adding, “The authorities must stop invoking the fight against terrorism in order to persecute dissident journalists.” The court adjourned the trial to April 10.

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