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Al Jazeera condemns Egypt inclusion of its staff on ‘terror list’

Al Jazeera news room [file photo]
Qatar's Al Jazeera news room [file photo]

Al Jazeera Media Network has condemned the Egyptian authorities’ decision to include a number of its employees on a “terror list”.

The Egyptian Court of Cassation rejected appeals filed by Al Jazeera employees against a decision issued by the Criminal Court in June 2018 to include more than 100 people on the terror list including journalists and media personnel.

The network considered the “arbitrary decision” a new episode in a series of attacks by the Egyptian authorities against the network and its employees to prevent it from covering events in Egypt.

The network also condemned the inclusion of journalists on the list.

READ: Egypt adds 145 people, including journalists, to terror list

The network stressed that the decision is a direct attack against freedom of the press and expression and called on the Egyptian authorities to immediately stop their ongoing attacks on journalists and media workers.

The Egyptian authorities have been targeting and arresting Al Jazeera journalists and correspondents since the 2013 military coup. Courts have sentenced many of them to jail terms or handed death sentences in absentia.

READ: Egyptian court jails 82 people for post-coup ‘violence’

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