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Al Jazeera journalist’s trial underway

The Egyptian authorities have already freed and deported Australian journalist Peter Greste.

Protesters hold placards in solidarity with Al-Jazeera journalists (seen on the poster) jailed in Egypt. The placard reads “journalism is not a crime”. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The retrial begins in Cairo today of two Al Jazeera journalists charged with spreading lies and supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

A spokesman for the television networks says this should be a day of justice prevailing that will see Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy freed after spending 407 days in prison.

The Egyptian authorities have already freed and deported Australian journalist Peter Greste.

He was the third accused in the original trial that's been overturned.

An Al Jazeera spokesman says the entire world knows all three are innocent and were only doing their jobs as journalists.

They were covering the aftermath of the army's removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in July 2013.

Western governments, human rights organisations and media freedom groups have all called for the journalists' release.