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Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt appeals to judge

Saturday - 5/3/2014, 12:00pm  ET

LAURA DEAN
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- One of the Al-Jazeera English journalists now held by authorities in Egypt made a rare appeal to the judge from outside of the defendants' cage, at the end of which the judge wished him a "happy" World Press Freedom Day.

In his brief plea Saturday, Canadian-Egyptian acting Al-Jazeera bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy stood directly before the judge's bench. Fahmy said journalists have to speak to all sides to do their jobs.

Fahmy, along with Al-Jazeera employees Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed, face charges of being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage Egyptian national security. Al-Jazeera and the journalists have denied the charges.

They are on trial with 17 others. Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata again denied the journalists bail. Their next hearing is May 15.


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