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Mohamed Badr, Al Jazeera Cameraman, Acquitted In Egypt

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 file photo, demonstrators hold placards with pictures of Al-Jazeera Arabic network journalist Abdullah Al Shami who along with cameraman Mohamed Badr remain in custody in Egypt, during a protest calling for their release, outside Egypt's embassy in London. Egypt?s chief prosecutor has referred 20 journalists who work for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network, including four foreigners, to a criminal trial on charges of joining or assisting a terrorist group and | ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court says it has acquitted a cameraman for the Qatar-based network Al-Jazeera, after he was held for months on charges of committing acts of violence.

Mohamed Badr, a cameraman for Al-Jazeera's channel in Egypt, was arrested following clashes in July. Egypt's semi-official media said Sunday he was acquitted along with 61 others.

Badr's acquittal comes amid a wider crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, after the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3. Al-Jazeera journalists have been targeted for their coverage of Brotherhood protesters. Authorities have long depicted the network as pro-Brotherhood.

On Wednesday, Egypt said 20 journalists, including four foreigners working for Al-Jazeera, will face trial on charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security.

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