Jazeera takes legal action against Egypt

2014-04-29 13:36
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Cape Town – Al Jazeera Media Network says it has taken legal action against Egyptian authorities following the continued detention of its journalists in the north African country, a statement said on Tuesday.

Four Al Jazeera staff members remain detained in Egyptian jails since last year.

The journalists are accused of broadcasting without permission, but Al jazeera maintains it is operating legally.

The media network also claimed it had been subjected to a sustained campaign of harassment, intimidation and jamming of its transmission, with Egyptian security forces raiding its offices, shutting it down and confiscating its equipment in addition to attacking its reputation.

Al Jazeera said it had since submitted an official notification of dispute to the interim Egyptian government.

"As per the Bilateral Treaty, if no amicable settlement between Al Jazeera and the Egyptian authorities has been reached within six months, Al Jazeera will take the case to international arbitration," read part of the statement.

Reports say Egypt has long accused Al Jazeera of bias in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. But so far its crackdown on the network has mostly targeted its Arabic service and a local branch focusing on Egypt coverage.
Read more on:    al jazeera  |  egypt  |  north africa

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