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Journalists have been among the targets of the security forces during clashes in Cairo and other cities since 19 November as demonstrators demand civilian institutions and the dissolution of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Reporters have been roughed up and briefly detained, and their equipment has been confiscated or destroyed.

Reporters Without Borders condemns the attacks on all civilians including journalists, who are particularly exposed because of the nature of their work.

Partial list of attacks and abuses against journalists during past four days
The photographer Dana Smilie ( ) was arrested in Cairo, taken to an army building, transferred to another one, and was interrogated for five hours before she was finally released.
A Finnish TV crew was held arrested while doing a report in the Cairo district of Moqattam and was held for five hours. Its equipment was confiscated.
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© Dana Smilie

Malek Mostafa (@malek) sustained an injury to the left eye that had to be operated on.
Maher Iskandar , a photographer with the daily Youm7, was injured in the leg while filming clashes in Tahrir Square.
The Journalists’ Syndicate condemns attacks on journalists working for five news media including Al-Akhbar, El-Shorouk, El-Tahrir and the government news agency MENA . The syndicate said: “A journalist was arrested and forced to undress. He was beaten with a stick and insulted. All of his money was stolen.”

Ahmed Abdelfatah , a photographer with the independent newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm , sustained a serious eye injury while covering demonstrations in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, near Tahrir Square. He was taken to the international eye hospital in Giza, where he is to undergo an operation
Mohamed Kamel of Al-Masry Al-Youm also sustained a head injury as a result of being hit by a rubber bullet. An ambulance took him to a hospital. Two other photographers with the same newspaper, Abanub Amad and T arek Wageeh , were roughed up by the police.
Omar Al-Zuhairi , a photographer with the independent daily Al-Tahrir, sustained a head injury during clashes. Mo’taz Zaki , a photographer with the same newspaper, was briefly detained. Both were covering clashes in Tahrir Square.
Rasha Azab of the independent newspaper Al-Fagr , Mahmoud Al-Hefnaoui of Youm7 , Amr Gamal of the Al-Hurriya wa Al-Adala website and freelancer Saad Abid were also harassed or briefly detained. Gamal was held for several hours.
Sarhan Sanara of the government daily Al-Akhbar was arrested while covering a demonstration and was held for seven hours, during which he was mistreated and beaten several times by police officers.
The police also arrested Ahmad Tarek of MENA, Al-Tahrir photographer Ahmad Ramadan , the independent daily Al-Shuruq’s editor , Mohamed Fouad , Al-Shuruq reporter Essam Amer and Al-Shuruq photographer Rafi Shaker .


Yehia Faheem , a cameraman with the CNC production company, and Haitham Gala , his soundman, were both injured by rubber bullets while trying to covering the demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Ahmed Feteha , a reporter for the Ahram Online website, was hit while trying to cover clashes.

Internet slowdown – prelude to second Internet blackout?

Rumours are circulating online that the Internet is going to be disconnected again, as it was on 25 January. It is still functioning but Reporters Without Borders has been told that connection speeds have slowed down several times, when demonstrations were taking place. Online access via smartphone services including Vodafone is also reportedly limited.

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