Attacks on journalists increasing in Egypt

“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!

3 Responses to “Attacks on journalists increasing in Egypt”

  1. Michael Shaw

    Seems the big media news stories focusing on either print journalists or media rockstars — Anderson, Lara, Anderson, Anderson, Anderson — with the shooters hardly mentioned. But that, hasn’t that always been the case.

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  3. Davin Ellicson

    All I can say is, is that if you can weather stolen gear then you have made it. I, personally, could not withstand stolen gear at the moment. Yes, with a police report, insurance would supposedly pay, but out of pocket I could no more withstand stolen gear.

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