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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  recordings were seized.” Reporters Without Borders reported that Al Jazeera journalists were trying to get around the government’s ban against their network by asking Egyptian citizens for information, videos, and photographs of the protests. The release also revealed that the government had pressured Cairo News Company to not share any footage with Al Jazeera. 24 In a release that lambasted Egypt’s “desperate tactics” to stop media coverage of the protests, the International Federation of Journalists “called on Egypt to end the crackdown on journalism and media which has led to numerous beatings of media staff and censorship of television and communications networks.” IFJ reported on studio shutdowns of both Al Jazeera and French TV’s France 2. “Shutting down media as a public space for dialogue is no way for showing genuine commitment to a tolerant debate on the country’s future,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said. “The authorities are failing the basic test of open democracy by stifling free press.” 25 The Committee to Protect Journalists issued two releases on January 31. In the first, titled “Attacks on journalists in Yemen, Sudan amid street protests,” the organization expressed concern that “t hose governments seem to not have learned anything from the mistakes made by the governments in Tunis and Cairo.” Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, said he was “disturbed” that journalists across the Arab world were being targeted. 26 CPJ’s second release that day called on the Egyptian government to stop obstructing reporters’ work, return all confiscated newsgathering equipment, and restore Internet and telephone SMS messaging services “without delay.” CPJ’s Mohamed Abdel Dayem 24 “English-language Arabic channel targeted,” January 31, 2011, Reporters Without Borders. 25 “IFJ condemns ‘desperate tactics’ as Egypt targets media,” January 31, 2011, International Federation of Journalists. 26 “Attacks on journalists in Yemen, Sudan amid street protests,” January 31, 2011, Committee to Protect Journalists.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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recordings were seized.” Reporters Without Borders reported that Al Jazeera journalists were 
trying to get around the government’s ban against their network by asking Egyptian citizens for 
information, videos, and photographs of the protests. The release also revealed that the 
government had pressured Cairo News Company to not share any footage with Al Jazeera.
In a release that lambasted Egypt’s “desperate tactics” to stop media coverage of the 
protests, the International Federation of Journalists “called on Egypt to end the crackdown on 
journalism and media which has led to numerous beatings of media staff and censorship of 
television and communications networks.” IFJ reported on studio shutdowns of both Al Jazeera 
and French TV’s France 2. “Shutting down media as a public space for dialogue is no way for 
showing genuine commitment to a tolerant debate on the country’s future,” IFJ General Secretary 
Aidan White said. “The authorities are failing the basic test of open democracy by stifling free 
press.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists issued two releases on January 31. In the first, titled 
“Attacks on journalists in Yemen, Sudan amid street protests,” the organization expressed 
concern that “t
hose governments seem to not have learned anything from the mistakes made by 
the governments in Tunis and Cairo.” Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North 
Africa program coordinator, said he was “disturbed” that journalists across the Arab world were 
being targeted. 
 CPJ’s second release that day called on the Egyptian government to stop 
obstructing reporters’ work, return all confiscated newsgathering equipment, and restore Internet 
and telephone SMS messaging services “without delay.” CPJ’s Mohamed Abdel Dayem 
24 “English-language Arabic channel targeted,” January 31, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.
25 “IFJ condemns ‘desperate tactics’ as Egypt targets media,” January 31, 2011, International Federation of 
Journalists.
26 “Attacks on journalists in Yemen, Sudan amid street protests,” January 31, 2011, Committee to Protect 
Journalists.


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