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ANHRI Condemns Targeting Journalists During the Protests of the Ousted President

Wednesday 6 November 2013, by The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) deprecated today the attack on journalists and media professionals during the protesters of Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi’s supporters. A number of journalists and correspondents of satellite channels were physically assaulted during the demonstrations that had been organized by the Muslim Brotherhood in protest against the trial of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The building of Journalists Syndicate was attacked by unknown protesters during clashes erupted nearby it after Morsi’s trial had been adjourned.

Al Arabiya channel’s crew have faced harassments by the supporters of the ousted president during the coverage of the trial. The supporters threatened and insulted the channel’s correspondent, Randa Abu Al-Azm; describing her as treacherous.

The cameraman of CBC satellite station was injured after pulling him down from the transmission car. Whilst, the crew of ONTV channel was attacked and prevented from shooting. Moreover, the crew of “Sada Al-Balad” was chased and attacked along with stealing their media clearances.

Mohamed Safa’a Al-Din, a reporter in ElBadil online newspaper, was beaten by the backers of Muslim Brotherhood on the Ring-road bridge during the coverage of a protest of MB. Mohamed remained unconscious for four hours till a passer-by ministered to him.

In addition, the journalists and media professionals were targeted and prosecuted in general, and were described by lairs while doing their jobs.

ANHRI said that, “Journalists as well as media professionals are not part in any political conflicts in Egypt. Therefore, targeting them constantly during the protests and clashes as well should be halted”

ANHRI reiterates its pleading to the different political movements not to involve journalists or media professionals in the political polarization that Egypt is witnessing and to secure their safety. It also calls on the Egyptian authorities to provide safe climate for journalists and protect them during their coverage of clashes.

SOURCE: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=14204

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