Egypt deals blow to Jazeera, champion of Arab Spring
Published on Jun 24, 2014 6:39 AM
DOHA (AFP) - Jail sentences against Al-Jazeera journalists on Monday in Egypt have dealt a blow to the Qatari network that championed Arab Spring revolts which toppled autocratic regimes, analysts said.
The pan-Arab news channel has come in for strong criticism in Egypt over its coverage seen as favourable to the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
Three of its journalists, including award-winning Australian Peter Greste, each got seven years in jail by a Cairo court, accused of supporting the blacklisted Brotherhood, a verdict condemned around the world.
Eleven defendants tried in absentia, including one Dutch and two British journalists, were given 10-year sentences.
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