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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  government has resorted to blanket censorship, intimidation, and today a series of deliberate attacks on journalists carried out by pro-government mobs,” said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “The situation is frightening not only because our colleagues are suffering abuse but because when the press is kept from reporting, we lose an independent source of crucial information.” CPJ also called on the Egyptian military to protect journalists who were covering the protests. The organization included eleven bullet points on its February 2 release, ten of which detailed specific attacks against journalists. The final bullet point provided an update on Al Jazeera’s continuing efforts to reestablish its broadcasts within Egypt. 29 Reporters Without Borders issued three releases on February 2. Just as IFJ had done, Reporters Without Borders “firmly condemns” the arrest of Belgian journalist Serge Dumont (also known as Maurice Sarfatti). “We urge the Egyptian authorities to free Dumont immediately and to return all the equipment seized at the time of his arrest,” the group stated. “The accusation of spying is both false and utterly far-fetched. Dumont has been a well-known journalist for years, one who is widely [respected] by his colleagues.” Reporters Without Borders concluded the release with a telephone interview excerpt between Dumont and Le Soir, the Belgian newspaper for which he worked as a correspondent. He described his arrest as heavy-handed and violent. “I was hit several times in the face,” Dumont said. “I was then taken to the military in one of the barracks on the outskirts of the city. I was given a glass of water from the Nile, they told me, so that I would catch diarrhea. I am being guarded by two soldiers with Kalashnikovs and bayonets. They say I will be taken before the intelligence services. They say I am a spy.” 30 29 “Journalists under physical assault in Egypt,” February 2, 2011, Committee to Protect Journalists. 30 “Belgian reporter beaten and arrested, still held,” February 2, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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government has resorted to blanket censorship, intimidation, and today a series of deliberate 
attacks on journalists carried out by pro-government mobs,” said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s 
Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “The situation is frightening not only 
because our colleagues are suffering abuse but because when the press is kept from reporting, we 
lose an independent source of crucial information.” CPJ also called on
 the Egyptian military to 
protect journalists who were covering the protests. The organization included eleven bullet points 
on its February 2 release, ten of which detailed specific attacks against journalists. The final 
bullet point provided an update on Al Jazeera’s continuing efforts to reestablish its broadcasts 
within Egypt.
Reporters Without Borders issued three releases on February 2. Just as IFJ had done, 
Reporters Without Borders “firmly condemns” the arrest of Belgian journalist Serge Dumont 
(also known as Maurice Sarfatti). “We urge the Egyptian authorities to free Dumont immediately 
and to return all the equipment seized at the time of his arrest,” the group stated. “The accusation 
of spying is both false and utterly far-fetched. Dumont has been a well-known journalist for 
years, one who is widely [respected] by his colleagues.” Reporters Without Borders concluded 
the release with a telephone interview excerpt between Dumont and Le Soir, the Belgian 
newspaper for which he worked as a correspondent. He described his arrest as heavy-handed and 
violent. “I was hit several times in the face,” Dumont said. “I was then taken to the military in 
one of the barracks on the outskirts of the city. I was given a glass of water from the Nile, they 
told me, so that I would catch diarrhea. I am being guarded by two soldiers with Kalashnikovs 
and bayonets. They say I will be taken before the intelligence services. They say I am a spy.
29 “Journalists under physical assault in Egypt,” February 2, 2011, Committee to Protect Journalists.
30 “Belgian reporter beaten and arrested, still held,” February 2, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.


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