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Breaking News: AP Journalists Released In Egypt

Breaking News: AP Journalists Released In Egypt

Excellent news from Cairo, Egypt! Early on Thursday morning, January 27, Egyptian police released an Associated Press cameraman and his assistant.

The two had been arrested the day before while filming incidents between protesters and security forces in Cairo.

Two AP Cameramen Released

From The Washington Post:

APTN’s Haridi Hussein Haridi, 54, and his assistant Haitham Badry, 23, were taken into custody around 1 a.m. Wednesday during the biggest anti-government protests Egypt has seen in years.

The Committee to Protect Journalists
said local and international media have been widely targeted in the police crackdown on protesters. The group condemned the violence, calling on authorities to release at least seven journalists who it said have been detained.

An AP photographer was also beaten by a policeman and injured while shooting the demonstrations.

CPJ also said Egyptian authorities shut down the websites of two independent Egyptian newspapers and blocked access to social media Internet sites. It said at least six journalists from one independent Egyptian daily alone have been beaten, including the managing editor of the paper’s English-language edition.

As Many As 10 Journalists Arrested

However, in a separate incident, another AP photographer, Nasser Gamil Nasser, had his right cheekbone broken when a policeman allegedly charged him and threw a stone in his face while he was filming protests on Tuesday. His camera was, not surprisingly, destroyed.

And the CPJ is reporting that as many as ten journalists have been arrested in the Egyptian protests.

Three Days Of Protests In Egypt

Inspired by the recent uprising in Tunisia, Egyptians have been out on the streets for two days, protesting President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, with its widespread poverty and unemployment.

So far, there have been seven deaths, and around 1,000 people have been arrested, as the protests continue in the cities of Cairo, Suez, and Imdailiya.

The Dangers Facing Journalists

Journalism is a dangerous job: according to the CPJ webiste, 847 journalists in pursuit of the truth have been killed since 1992.

We applaud the efforts of these AP journalists and their courage in seeking to let the world know what is happening in Egypt.

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Click here to tell President Mubarak to stop the violence and allow the Egyptian people to exercise their right to free speech.

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2:19AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

انا مصريه وعاوزه اعرف بمنتهى الصراحه هل هناك مؤامره على مصر و كيف نواجهه و ما الدليل على ذلك

5:59PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Call #Obama urge #Mubarak step down IMMEDIATELY. Cut off funds to this dictator 100% 1-202-456-1111 #Egyptians #Egypt

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1:45PM PST on Jan 29, 2011

Signed earlier. Thank You for this post Judy. I am happy that the two Associated Press journalist's have been released...but what about others. I agree to freedom of the press, but sometimes when a revolution takes place, their freedom to report is stopped, as the countries Higher Archy does not want everything seen or reported.
So far this hasn't happened in Egypt other than no internet & cell phones, which takes away some freedoms. I pray the people will get a new fair government. 30 years is too long for President Mubarak to still be effective, and it seems he wants his son to follow in his footsteps. Is it me or does he not want to recognize that the people want change?

11:38AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

Freedom of the press is so important within a democracy.Elsewhere that freedom is often abused or withdrawn completely when the press-local and/or foreign-disagree with the reigning government...

10:18PM PST on Jan 28, 2011

If journalists are not free to report, we will not know what is happening. Certainly, as in all professions, some are not what they should be, but when the press is prevented from reporting, we are all in trouble.

8:11PM PST on Jan 28, 2011

I am grateful the reporters were released. I'm very concerned that Mubarak has dismissed the government and plans on remaining in office. The army is in the City of Cairo and I keep thinking about Tiananmen Square . I truly hope I'm wrong.

12:39PM PST on Jan 28, 2011

The Government after declaring the state of emergency, managed to have the police in plain cloths to sausage and burn the NDP offices, Police stations, and national security offices and stations, to guarantee there will be no evidences incriminate the government at all. The only benefactor is the NDP of this, with a curfew that is not put into action, disconnecting the Mobile and Internet services, and the army whom only protecting the national radio and media bldg only. Mubarak claimed he would have a speech after declaring the curfew, till now he didn't do so. Egypt need to get back the internet and cell phone communications, so people of Egypt have the right to know what is going on around them, lifting the curfew coz it's not even enforced at any level, it's just a license to kill any human between 6PM and 7AM without giving a reason. Egypt need the world to stand by her, the protesters themselves already trying to make a human shields around the Cairo museum to protect our history, we need as well to protect any documents that could help to prosecute the corrupted person(s). Help Egypt.

10:19AM PST on Jan 28, 2011

Freedom of speech should be for everyone !

9:41AM PST on Jan 28, 2011

Please remember who supports Mubarak, who said after last years elections that Egypt had a strong and stable government?
Mrs Clinton the domino effect is now! Who is next? Algeria? Yemen? Jordan? Morocco?

9:15AM PST on Jan 28, 2011

El Baradie is under home arrest in his family home.
Mubarak as the Military Governor orders the Egyptian army to step in the streets, and curfew from 6 PM till 7 AM Cairo local time. yet the Egyptian ppl didn't care about the curfew and still protesting against Mubarak regime in the streets.
Oh Allah/God please help the Egypt and the Egyptians, we only want a decent human conditioned life nothing more, Mubarak won't give the ppl that, he didn't give us anything in the 30 years of ruling.

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