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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