Egypt: Al-Jazeera reporters detained 15 more days

AP News
Posted: Jan 09, 2014 1:31 PM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian judiciary official says a team of journalists working for satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English will be held for 15 more days pending investigation into allegations they are part of a terrorist group.

Prosecutors accuse them of setting up an illegal media center aimed at tarnishing Egypt's image and spreading false news. Egypt's interim-backed military government accuses the Qatar-based broadcaster of being biased in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, which authorities have branded a terrorist organization. The broadcaster repeatedly has demanded the reporters be freed.

The journalists, arrested Dec. 29, include Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed.

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The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to brief journalists, said the detention order was issued Thursday.