Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalist gets 6 mos. in jail

An Egyptian court on Wednesday handed a six month prison sentence to an Al-Jazeera TV journalist convicted of harming the country's national interest by fabricating torture scenes for a documentary, court officials said. The pan-Arab station's producer, Howaida Taha, 43, was briefly arrested and her 50 videotapes confiscated at the Cairo airport in January. Taha, who is currently in Qatar, was not in the Cairo court for the verdict. She was also ordered to pay a fine of US$5,200 (€3,800).