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Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt appeals to judge

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Al Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, left, producer Baher Mohamed, second left, and correspondent Peter Greste, center, stand inside the defendants' cage in a courtroom. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid, File)

CAIRO: One of the Al-Jazeera English journalists now held by authorities in Egypt made a rare appeal to the judge from outside of the defendants' cage, at the end of which the judge wished him a "happy" World Press Freedom Day.

In his brief plea Saturday, Canadian-Egyptian acting Al-Jazeera bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy stood directly before the judge's bench. Fahmy said journalists have to speak to all sides to do their jobs.

Fahmy, along with Al-Jazeera employees Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed, face charges of being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage Egyptian national security. Al-Jazeera and the journalists have denied the charges.

They are on trial with 17 others. Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata again denied the journalists bail. Their next hearing is May 15.

 

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