CAIRO: The Egyptian government has heavily criticised news broadcaster Al Jazeera for its coverage of the trial of three Al Jazeera journalists, describing it as “deeply biased” and underlining the organisation’s “support for the terrorist group known as the Muslim Brotherhood”.
“When Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven years in jail this morning, Al Jazeera gave unnecessary amounts of air time to the complete lack of evidence against the journalists and the outcry regarding the frankly preposterous verdict based on mostly fraudulent charges,” a government spokesman told Egypt’s state news agency MENA.
“Such one-sided reporting only serves to highlight Al Jazeera’s backing of banned Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood and its continued attempts to spread false information.”
The spokesman also pointed to Al Jazeera’s reliance on statements from human rights organisations, alongside respected international politicians and figures regarding the trial.
“Sure, we can all talk about whatever Amnesty or the ambassador of wherever have to say on the matter, but we never hear Al Jazeera using the Egyptian government’s response, which is that it welcomes the result and hopes it deters further terrorist activity among journalists,” he said. “It’s just prejudiced, pro-Muslim Brotherhood reporting on their part, plain and simple.”