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Al-Jazeera reporters’ trial to resume in Egypt

The trial of al-Jazeera journalists accused of aiding a terrorist organisation is due to resume in Egypt.

In all, 20 people – including former BBC correspondent Peter Greste – are on trial, but six are in absentia. Al-Jazeera denies that 11 of the defendants are among its employees.

They all deny charges of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The trial is widely seen as a test of Egypt’s army-backed government and its attitude to freedom of the press.

The government and its supporters have accused international news networks of bias in their reporting of the ongoing political crisis.

People in cities across the world have been staging protests in support of the journalists since the trial opened last month.

They are demanding the release of Mr Greste, an Australian al-Jazeera English reporter, as well as Egyptian-Canadian Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed and Egyptian al-Jazeera Arabic reporter Abdallah Elshamy.

The first three were seized in a raid at a Cairo hotel on 29 December, while Mr Elshamy was detained in the Egyptian capital on 14 August.

Mr Fahmy and Mr Mohamed are among 16 Egyptians charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation and “harming national unity”.

Mr Greste and three other foreigners who have left the country – British al-Jazeera reporters Dominic Kane and Sue Turton, and the Dutch newspaper and radio journalist Rena Netjes – are accused of “collaborating with the Egyptians by providing them with money, equipment, information”, and “airing false news”.

Those present at the start of the trial pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Al-Jazeera cameraman Mohamed Badr was released last month after seven months in detention.

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