Al Jazeera's hunger striking journalist Abdullah Elshamy stands behind bars with other prisoners at a court in Cairo May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera has written to world powers asking them to secure the release of one of its journalists jailed in Egypt, accusing the authorities in Cairo of endangering his life.Al Jazeera's intervention, designed to put pressure on former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ahead of a May 26-27 presidential election which he is expected to win, is likely to further sour already poor Qatari-Egyptian relations.Al Jazeera last month served Egypt with a $150 million compensation claim for what it said was damage to its media business inflicted by Cairo's military-backed rulers.Three other Al Jazeera journalists are being tried in Egypt on charges of aiding members of a "terrorist organisation", in a case that human rights groups say shows the authorities are trampling on freedom of expression.
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