Mohamed Fahmy now says Al Jazeera negligent

Peter Greste’s Al Jazeera colleague Mohamed Fahmy, who is awaiting retrial after more than a year behind bars in Egypt on terrorism-related charges, says his Qatar-funded employer is partially to blame for his ordeal.

unnamed-12Fahmy said it would be “naive” and “misleading” to see the case purely as a crackdown on press freedom, because it was complicated by Al Jazeera’s “negligence” and Qatar’s use of the outlet to “wage a media war” against Cairo.

“I am not losing sight of who put me in prison,” he said, referring to the Egyptian prosecutors, who failed to present any evidence related to the terror charges in a trial widely condemned by rights groups and major media outlets.

“However, Al Jazeera’s epic negligence has made our situation harder, more difficult, and gave our captor more firepower,” Fahmy said in an interview at his family home in a Cairo suburb…

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