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First Media Fatality in Cairo

CPJ says number of incidents involving journalists has topped 100
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According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ),
Ahmad Mohamed Mahmoud, a journalist for state-owned Egyptian newspaper Al-Ta'awun has died from gunshot wounds
sustained Jan. 28. He was said to have been the victim of sniper fire as he
filmed a confrontation between security forces and demonstrators in Cairo.

CPJ came out with a list Friday of 10 additional incidents,
brining its total to "at least 101 direct attacks," according to the
group, including detentions, attacks on newsroom facilities and hacking of Al
Jazeera's Arabic-language Web site.

"It is stupefying that the government continues to send
out thugs and plainclothes police to attack journalists and to ransack media
bureaus," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa
program coordinator, in a statement.

Al Jazzera earlier said its Cairo bureau had been ransacked
and equipment destroyed
by "thugs."

Below are 10 more incidents CPJ has compiled and confirmed,
with CPJ saying it is still investigating "numerous other reports."

  • Peter Beaumont,
    foreign affairs editor at the U.K. Observer, and Jack Shenker, a Guardian
    reporter, were stopped today while trying to enter Tahrir Square, the Guardian
    reported. The paper said they were intercepted by government forces, forced to
    kneel facing a wall, and interrogated. Beaumont was quoted by the Guardian as
    saying: "Although the square itself is calm, things around the periphery are
    very different. We were taken at a checkpoint and led to the Ministry of the
    Interior ... We were held for two hours ... and we were both warned that if we came
    anywhere near the square again, things wouldn't go so nicely for us."
  • Al-Hurra's Cairo
    bureau was targeted on Thursday, the U.S. government-funded station told CPJ in
    an e-mail. Men stormed its offices and "threatened to kill Al-Hurra's two
    on-air journalists-Akram Khuzam and Tarek El Shamy-if they didn't leave the
    building," the station said in a statement. The bureau was immediately closed.
  • Two correspondents
    for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Robert Tait and Abdelilah Nuaimi, were
    detained in Cairo, the U.S.-government funded station reported. "We call on the
    Egyptian authorities to release our correspondents and their equipment
    immediately," RFE/RL News Director Jay Tolson said.
  • Andrew Henderson, a
    photographer working for UAE-based daily The National, was attacked on Thursday
    by a group of young men who broke his camera equipment, National reporter Hugh
    Naylor told CPJ in an e-mail. "Were it not for a bit of help from the military,
    he would likely have been mauled to death by an angry mob," he told CPJ. Naylor
    himself was punched several times in the head "by some angry, plainclothes
    youth standing near the foreign ministry yesterday," he said. "I will credit
    one apparent Mubarak loyalist for essentially saving my life. While pretending
    to be angry at me and taking my passport, he walked me away from the crowd and
    back safely to my hotel."
  • Al-Jazeera's Arabic
    website was hacked today, the station reported on the air. According to a
    statement from the station, "For two hours this morning (from 6.30 am-8.30am
    Doha time), a banner advertisement was taken over and replaced with the slogan
    of ‘Together for the collapse of Egypt,' which linked to a page criticizing
    Al-Jazeera." A spokesman for Al-Jazeera said that engineers "moved quickly
    to solve the problem," The Guardian reported.
  • Al-Jazeera's Cairo
    office was stormed today by Mubarak supporters, the station reported on the
    air. Its office was vandalized and it equipment was set afire.
  • Prominent Egyptian
    Blogger Wael Abbas tweeted today that he was detained and later released by
    military forces. He said he has been "getting stopped by every single
    checkpoint."
  • Al-Jazeera English
    producer Abdullah Mussa tweeted today that he had been attacked. He wrote:
    "Released from street checkpoint. Three machetes to my neck and angry mob.
    Foreign journalists are being accused if inflaming situation."
  • Eric Feijten,
    a reporter for Dutch news website Nederlande Omroep Stichting (NOS), was
    arrested and released at least twice in the past two days. NOS released a
    statement after his first arrest saying that Feijten had been beaten and
    threatened. "Finally after 17 hours without drinking or eating, he was released
    in a small hotel near the airport," NOS wrote. He left Egypt today and tweeted:
    "At the airport and there was even a ticket. Kicked out, so i am not happy
    because i failed to do my job."
  • NPR reporter Lourdes
    Garcia-Navarro was attacked on Wednesday, the station reported. Garcia-Navarro
    was preparing a piece about the impact of demonstrations on the daily lives of
    Egyptians when she and her colleague, Ashraf Khalil, were surrounded by dozens
    of men. "We were asked if we were Israeli spies, or employees of the Arabic
    news network Al-Jazeera, who have been a particular target of the authorities
    here. It began to get heated and they wouldn't let us leave," Garcia-Navarro
    said. She added that Khalil was punched repeatedly in the face.
  • Andrew Butters of
    Time magazine was attacked on Thursday. "I was grabbed by a young guy with
    a club who hauled me over to an improvised checkpoint," NPR quoted him as
    saying. He said it was clear that the actions were being coordinated by police
    and security agents.
  • Radio-Canada
    cameraman Sylvain Castonguay and Radio-Canada producer Jean-Francois Lepine
    were badly beaten by pro-government supporters near Cairo's airport on
    Wednesday after their crew's interpreter was assaulted, CBC reported.
  • A group of
    Chinese journalists were briefly detained on Thursday after customs officials
    discovered bulletproof vests, satellite phones, and walkie-talkies in their
    luggage, according to news reports. They were released but part of their
    equipment was confiscated. 

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