“Theft, violence, arbitrary arrests and extreme violence… the list of abuses against journalists by President Mubarak’s supporters is getting longer by the hour and they are clearly systematic and concerted,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard
We mentioned Andrew Burton’s account of being attacked by a mob in Cairo earlier today. Now, widespread reports confirm that journalists are being targeted in the violence in Egypt. Mubarak has unleashed what the Committee to Protect Journalists calls an “unprecedented and systematic attack on international media” by means of assaults and detentions. The New York Times also reports on attacks on journalists and human rights workers. Reporters Without Borders calls it an “All-out witch-hunt against media.”Anderson Cooper was attacked. Ron Haviv’s cameras were confiscated by his hotel (the Cairo Hilton has forbidden photography from its premises). Peter van Agtmael was attacked and his gear was stolen.
ABCNews’ tumblr (who knew?!) has a pretty comprehensive list of attacks on journalists as of this writing.
Stay safe out there!