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Parents of Australian journalist held in Cairo call for his release, say charges are false

The parents of an Australian journalist held in a Cairo prison have called on Egyptian authorities to release him, saying accusations against him as preposterous.

Al-Jazeera English says Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were only doing their jobs before they were taken into custody last month accused of broadcasting false news that harmed national security.

Greste's parents, Lois and Juris, held a news conference in the Australian east coast city of Brisbane on Tuesday in which they called for their son's release.

Juris Greste said: "To think or allege that Peter or his high-achieving colleagues would jeopardize their mid-life international careers by unethical or improper practices is completely preposterous."