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February 7, 2011

Arrests continue as foreign journalists start leaving Egypt

Military police reportedly detained Abdul Kareem Suleiman Amer , the blogger better known as Kareem Amer, together with the filmmaker Samir Eshra on Cairo’s Kasr El-Nil bridge February 6 evening as they were leaving Tahrir Square. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) called for their immediate release. “Kareem Amer owes his prominence to his virulent criticism of the regime,” RSF said. “We fear the authorities will use this opportunity to send him back to prison for a... MORE
February 6, 2011

Egyptian media say foreign journalists have 'hidden agenda'

As journalists face ongoing attacks and detentions in Cairo, they are increasingly concerned that state broadcasts are creating an atmosphere that is encouraging violence against the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists has said. State television and radio, along with pro-Mubarak private stations, are giving frequent airtime to presenters and guests who claim that foreigners, including international journalists, have a "hidden agenda" against the government, according to CPJ research... MORE
February 5, 2011

Unprecedented violence against journalists – protest outside Egyptian embassy in Paris

Members and supporters of the international press freedom NGO Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) demonstrated outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris at midday today to express their outrage at the systematic use of violence against journalists in Egypt since February 2. Chanting “The news is being killed” and “Egypt, stop violence against journalists,” the RSF activists brandished posters showing journalists who have been physically attacked. “We have come to the Egyptian embassy to denounce the... MORE
February 5, 2011

IFJ deplores ‘inevitable tragedy’ as Egyptian journalist dies

The International Federation of Journalists today mourned the loss of the first journalist to die in the social unrest in Egypt. Journalist Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud died in hospital in Cairo from injuries suffered after he was shot in the eye by a sniper on Monday last week. The journalist, aged 39, worked for the A’wada newspaper, a part of the Al Ahram media group. His death comes after a week of continuing unrest that has seen journalists and media staff among those targeted by groups loyal to... MORE
February 4, 2011

Crisis in Cairo: End violence against media now demands IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Friday called on the Egyptian regime to end all targeting of journalists on the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities. "The hostage taking, beatings, and intimidation have deeply shocked the world of journalism and must be stopped immediately" said Aidan white, IFJ General Secretary. "We hold the Egyptian authorities responsible. They must act now to end the incitement and attacks". In an urgent letter to the Egyptian Prime Minister, IFJ... MORE
February 4, 2011

IFJ / EFJ call on European heads of state to condemn violence against journalists in Egypt

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), have appealed to the European Heads of State meeting in Brussels to vigorously protest to the Egyptian authorities over the systematic violence against media staff and targeting of journalists covering the current protests and civil unrest in Egypt. The last 48 hours has been a time of intolerable intimidation of journalists. There have been arbitrary arrests, beatings and... MORE
February 4, 2011

Tally of cases of abuses against journalists in Egypt

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has posted a provisional tally of cases of abuses against journalists and media since the start of the violence on February 2, above all in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The tally is far from final or definitive. Additional cases keep on being reported and it is very difficult to compile a comprehensive inventory of the situation. It will be updated as information is received. Nonetheless, the tally already gives a picture of the... MORE
February 2, 2011

International media does not escape violence unleashed by Mubarak supporters

There have been shocking attacks on BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Al-Arabiya and ABC News journalists by Hosni Mubarak supporters who were reportedly accompanied by plainclothes police. The attacks took place during clashes in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square between supporters of the president and demonstrators calling for his resignation. “The use of violence against media personnel is especially shocking,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) secretary-general Jean-François... MORE
February 2, 2011

Egypt: Belgian reporter arrested and beaten, still held

Belgian journalist Serge Dumont was arrested Wednesday in Cairo, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The Middle East correspondent of three newspapers – Belgium’s Le Soir , Switzerland’s Le Temps and France’s La Voix du Nord – was arrested and beaten by men in plainclothes at midday while in the central neighbourhood of Choubra. He was then taken to a military post, where he was accused of “spying” and was told he would be handed over to the security... MORE
February 2, 2011

IFJ calls for immediate release of Belgian reporter held in Egypt

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have called for the immediate release of Belgian journalist Maurice Sarfatti, also known as Serge Dumont, who was arrested in Cairo by security forces and is being held at an unidentified military facility. Sarfatti, a reporter for a number of European newspapers, including the Belgian daily Le Soir , Le Temps of Geneva and la Voix du Nord in France, was arrested while covering... MORE