Journalists sentenced 'for aiding Muslim Brotherhood'

Three journalists have been sentenced to seven years in jail in Egypt on charges of helping the Muslim Brotherhood and reporting false news, Al-Jazeera said.

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 Jazeera journalists (L-R) Mohammed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars at a court in Cairo May 15, 2014.
Jazeera journalists (L-R) Mohammed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars at a court in Cairo May 15, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who work for Al-Jazeera, were arrested in December in Cairo as they covered the army's removal of Mohamed Morsi, last July.

Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition.

Other Al-Jazeera journalists were tried in absentia.

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Minute's silence held for jailed Al-Jazeera journalists

A minute's silence was held in protest at the sentence of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were each jailed in Cairo on Monday. Meanwhile, newly elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he would not interfere with judicial sentences.