Middle East

Egypt prosecutors question Al-Jazeera journalists

File - Mohammed Badr, a cameraman for Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, appears at a court in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar)

CAIRO: Egypt's prosecutors say three detained journalists working for Al-Jazeera English are being interrogated on suspicion of having unlicensed equipment and broadcasting false news that harmed national security.

Formal charges against the three, who were taken into custody on Dec. 29, have not yet been filed as the investigation is ongoing.

Thursday's statement from the chief prosecutor's office doesn't include earlier police allegations that the three men belong to a terrorist group. However, it says some of them confessed to being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, without specifying. The government declared the group a terrorist organization.

Al-Jazeera insists Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were just doing their jobs.





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