Court gives reasons in Greste case
AN Egyptian court has released the detailed ruling on why it sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison for airing what it described as “false news”, in a case long criticised by press freedom advocates and others.
The ruling, published by the state news agency MENA on Sunday, says the three men – Australian journalist Peter Greste, Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed – were essentially serving the banned Muslim Brotherhood, which authorities consider a terrorist organisation.
The ruling also said the three were biased in their reporting, operated without press credentials and secretly worked at a hotel in central Cairo without a permit.
Mohammed and Fahmy are now imprisoned, while Greste previously was deported.