Al Jazeera journalists to stand trial in Egypt

Rebecca Hawkes | 12-02-2014

Egypt has set a trial date of 20 February for three Al Jazeera English journalists Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohammed and Peter Greste according to the state news agency.

Australian Peter Greste is among 18 journalists now charged by the Egyptian state with having links to a "terrorist organisation" and of spreading false news.

Prosecutors have accused the Qatari TV news network of wrongly portraying Egypt as being in a state of "civil war", and siding with the Muslim Brotherhood which was outlawed in the North African country in December 2013.

If convicted, the journalists who have been held since 29 December 2013 may be imprisoned for up to seven years.

Al Jazeera has denied all charges against its staff and demanded their "unconditional release" a cry echoed by journalists worldwide and the US Government, among many others.