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Al Jazeera trial is "a trial of all journalists"

Al Jazeera trial is "a trial of all journalists"

Defence lawyers for the three Al Jazeera English journalists in Egypt made strong final arguments in court today.

In remarks which drew applause in the court room, one of the lawyers concluded by saying: "This is not a trial of for these defendants alone – this is a trial of all journalists."

The defence reminded the court that the members of the technical committee who had evaluated the evidence could not recall a single example of what they believed was fabricated coverage from the Al Jazeera team of Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy. They also could not pinpoint anything that endangered national security.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said:

“Today’s summation by the defence shows again the weaknesses of the arguments made by the prosecution. The world knows that the three Al Jazeera staff who have been jailed were just doing their jobs. The defence has articulated that the entire trial is a trial of all journalists who believe in honest reporting and integrity, and not just a trial of the Al Jazeera three. On the balance of arguments, It’s abundantly clear that Peter, Baher and Mohammed are not guilty of anything, and they should be set free.”

Previous court dates have bizarrely included the prosecution showing footage of Sky News Arabia tourism reports, BBC podcasts, songs by Gotye, photoshopped images of Mohammed Fahmy, Peter Greste’s family photos, and some of Greste’s award-winning work from East Africa.

The trial has been adjourned until 16th June.

The fourth detained Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah Elshamy, is held separately. A decision was to be taken today about renewing his detention for another 45 days, but this was postponed by the court till 11th June. He has been detained without charge for nearly ten months.

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