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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  January 30-31 None of the three organizations issued a press release on Saturday, January 29, and Reporters Without Borders was the only one to publish a statement on Sunday, January 30. This time, Reporters Without Borders responded when the Egyptian government shut down all of Al Jazeera’s operations within the country. Using the word “condemns” and specifically mentioning Egypt’s information minister, Anas el-Fekki, by name, Reporters Without Borders accused the government of squelching coverage of the protests. “By banning Al Jazeera, the government is trying to limit the circulation of TV footage of the six-day-old wave of protests,” the group’s secretary-general, Jean-François Julliard, said. “[This] totally archaic decision is in [complete] contradiction with President Hosni Mubarak’s promise of ‘democratic’ measures on 28 January. It is also the exact … opposite of the increase in freedom sought by the Egyptian population.” The press release quoted Cairo-based Middle East News Agency as reporting that Fekki had ordered “the suspension of operations of Al Jazeera, cancelling of its [licenses] and withdrawing accreditation to all its staff as of today.” The release concluded with a very brief review of Al Jazeera’s recent troubles in other Middle Eastern countries and an update on the current status of Internet and telephone communication systems within Egypt. 23 All three organizations issued releases on Monday, January 31, and Reporters Without Borders again took aim at Egypt’s continuing efforts to control protest coverage. The organization “condemns the arrest by the military today of five journalists working for the English-language service of the Qatar-based television station Al Jazeera.” Both Egyptian and foreign journalists were part of the group, and they were arrested as they were returning to their hotel. After being questioned for about 90 minutes, “they were released but their cameras and 23 “Government shuts down Al Jazeera’s operations,” January 30, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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January 30-31
None of the three organizations issued a press release on Saturday, January 29, and 
Reporters Without Borders was the only one to publish a statement on Sunday, January 30. This 
time, Reporters Without Borders responded when the Egyptian government shut down all of Al 
Jazeera’s operations within the country. Using the word “condemns” and specifically mentioning 
Egypt’s information minister, Anas el-Fekki, by name, Reporters Without Borders accused the 
government of squelching coverage of the protests. “By banning Al Jazeera, the government is 
trying to limit the circulation of TV footage of the six-day-old wave of protests,” the group’s 
secretary-general, Jean-François Julliard, said. “[This] totally archaic decision is in [complete] 
contradiction with President Hosni Mubarak’s promise of ‘democratic’ measures on 28 January. 
It is also the exact … opposite of the increase in freedom sought by the Egyptian population.” 
The press release quoted Cairo-based Middle East News Agency as reporting that Fekki had 
ordered “the suspension of operations of Al Jazeera, cancelling of its [licenses] and withdrawing 
accreditation to all its staff as of today.” The release concluded with a very brief review of Al 
Jazeera’s recent troubles in other Middle Eastern countries and an update on the current status of 
Internet and telephone communication systems within Egypt.
All three organizations issued releases on Monday, January 31, and Reporters Without 
Borders again took aim at Egypt’s continuing efforts to control protest coverage. The 
organization “condemns the arrest by the military today of five journalists working for the 
English-language service of the Qatar-based television station Al Jazeera.” Both Egyptian and 
foreign journalists were part of the group, and they were arrested as they were returning to their 
hotel. After being questioned for about 90 minutes, “they were released but their cameras and 
23 “Government shuts down Al Jazeera’s operations,” January 30, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.


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