February 03, 2011

Reporters in Egypt Under Broad Assault

When they come for the foreign press you know the game is about over.

NY Times

CAIRO — Many journalists covering the protests in Egypt were detained and attacked on Thursday, and human rights groups were also a target, in what appeared to be an escalating effort to block reports on the violence.

The Egyptian security forces were rounding up workers for human rights groups as well as foreign journalists, witnesses in Cairo said. Security police raided the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, where many nongovernmental organizations operate. They ordered people there to lie on the floor and disabled their mobile phones. Two people were being interrogated. The state news agency Thursday has asked foreign press to evacuate all the hotels near Tahrir Square.

The Committee to Protect Journalists was investigating at least 10 cases of reporters being detained on Thursday. The government told the journalists that they were not being arrested but rather taken into “protective custody,” according to the group.

The United States protested the actions against reporters.

“There is a concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists in Cairo and interfere with their reporting,” Philip J. Crowley, assistant secretary of state for public affairs, said Thursday morning in a statement via Twitter. “We condemn such actions."

This is going to get ugly..

Very ugly.

Update by SH: FNC reports Greg Palkot and his cameraman were severely beaten, enough to require overnight hospitalization. They were on a balcony, molotov thrown on balcony, they left only to run into apparent pro-Mubarak thugs.

Real Clear Politics has more including video regarding the attack on Palkot & Wiig

By Matt Damon at 10:07 AM | Comments |