AP, CNN, CBS, and New York Times correspondents among journalists attacked, threatened in Egypt
Foreign correspondents from the Associated Press and CNN, including well-known Anderson Cooper, were attacked Wednesday while covering protests in Egypt, according to the Washington Post. Belgian, Israeli and Turkish reporters, as well as an Al Jazeera journalist also have been attacked, beaten, arrested or kidnapped.
CBS journalists also reported being attacked Wednesday. CBS also said that a tweet from U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley said, "We are concerned about detentions and attacks on news media in#Egypt. The civil society that Egypt wants to build includes a free press."
The New York Times' Nick Kristof, who is using Twitter and Facebook to report from Egypt, tweeted on Wednesday that, "Pro-#Mubarak thugs at #Tahrir v hostile to journalists. Several journalists attacked. I was threatened but am fine."
Also, last week, Egyptian police confiscated camera equipment from CNN correspondents working in Cairo, and threatened to beat them, CNN reported.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the attacks. "We are disturbed by the targeting of journalists that is spreading across multiple countries in the Arab world," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, as quoted by NewsYemen.
The White House also has called for an end to the attacks against the media in Egypt, according to CBS News.
Meanwhile, President Obama is refusing to take questions from reporters about the crisis in Egypt, reported USA Today.
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