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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  The organization’s second release reported that it was “pleased that Internet access was restored this morning in Egypt after being blocked for five days….” Twitter, Facebook, and websites for Al Jazeera and other news organizations were available once again, and Reporters Without Borders appealed to Egypt’s government to leave the Internet alone. “We urge the authorities not to give in again to the temptation to block the Internet or use any form of filtering in response to political developments in the days to come.” Reporters Without Borders then expanded its scope beyond Egypt to “[condemn] the repressive reactions of various governments which, fearing that the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt could spread to other countries, are censuring reports about these events and are tightening their control of the Internet.” The group accused governments in Syria, China, Iran, and Gaza of intimidating people and disrupting the Internet. The release concluded with a series of phone numbers that journalists and Egyptian citizens had been using to circumvent Egypt’s Internet blackout. 31 “Reporters Without Borders unreservedly condemns today’s shocking attacks on BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Al-Arabiya and ABC News journalists by Mubarak supporters who were reportedly accompanied by plainclothes police.” That is the lead sentence from the organization’s third and final release on February 2. Calling violence against journalists “especially shocking,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard reminded the Egyptian government “that journalists are external observers who under no circumstances should be identified with one side or the other. These attacks seem to have been acts of revenge against the international media for relaying the protests calling for President Mubarak’s [resignation].” Such attacks were also designed to silence journalists and gag the news media, he said. The release concluded with accounts from two journalists who asked to remain anonymous for fear of 31 “Internet accessible again in Egypt,” February 2, 2011, Reporters Without Borders

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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The organization’s second release reported that it was “pleased that Internet access was 
restored this morning in Egypt after being blocked for five days….” Twitter, Facebook, and 
websites for Al Jazeera and other news organizations were available once again, and Reporters 
Without Borders appealed to Egypt’s government to leave the Internet alone. “We urge the 
authorities not to give in again to the temptation to block the Internet or use any form of filtering 
in response to political developments in the days to come.” Reporters Without Borders then 
expanded its scope beyond Egypt to “[condemn] the repressive reactions of various governments 
which, fearing that the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt could spread to other countries, are 
censuring reports about these events and are tightening their control of the Internet.” The group 
accused governments in Syria, China, Iran, and Gaza of intimidating people and disrupting the 
Internet. The release concluded with a series of phone numbers that journalists and Egyptian 
citizens had been using to circumvent Egypt’s Internet blackout.
“Reporters Without Borders unreservedly condemns today’s shocking attacks on BBCAl 
JazeeraCNNAl-Arabiya and ABC News journalists by Mubarak supporters who were 
reportedly accompanied by plainclothes police.” That is the lead sentence from the organization’s 
third and final release on February 2. Calling violence against journalists “especially shocking,” 
Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard reminded the Egyptian 
government “that journalists are external observers who under no circumstances should be 
identified with one side or the other. These attacks seem to have been acts of revenge against the 
international media for relaying the protests calling for President Mubarak’s [resignation].” Such 
attacks were also designed to silence journalists and gag the news media, he said. The release 
concluded with accounts from two journalists who asked to remain anonymous for fear of 
31 “Internet accessible again in Egypt,” February 2, 2011, Reporters Without Borders


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