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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  reprisals. “As soon as they see a camera, they hurl themselves at it,” said one journalist, who reported having stones thrown at him. Another said he was kicked and “his camera was ripped from his hands.” 32 February 3-4 As the number of violent acts against journalists increased in Egypt, Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a total of eight releases decrying the trend between Thursday, February 3, and Friday, February 4. It was also during this period when the first death of a journalist was announced. CPJ’s one release that Thursday featured a headline that placed blame for the attacks squarely at the feet of Egypt’s president: “Mubarak intensifies press attacks with assaults, detentions.” He was accused of unleashing “an unprecedented and systematic attack” against international journalists, and CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon called it “a dark day” for journalism. “ The systematic and sustained attacks documented by CPJ leave no doubt that a government- orchestrated effort to target the media and suppress the news is well under way,” he said. “We hold President Mubarak personally responsible for this unprecedented action and call on the Egyptian government to reverse course immediately.” At the time of the release, CPJ had recorded “30 detentions, 26 assaults, and eight instances of equipment having been seized” during the previous twenty-four hours. Labeling it as “a round-up of attacks on the press,” the release contained thirty bullet points detailing specific actions against journalists and the government’s various efforts to stop the flow of information. Among them was the story of Petros Papaconstantino, a correspondent for the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini. Papaconstantino was “briefly hospitalized with a stab wound to the leg” after a group of 32 “International media does not escape violence unleashed by Mubarak supporters,” February 2, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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reprisals. “As soon as they see a camera, they hurl themselves at it,” said one journalist, who 
reported having stones thrown at him. Another said he was kicked and “his camera was ripped 
from his hands.”
February 3-4
As the number of violent acts against journalists increased in Egypt, Reporters Without 
Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, and the Committee to Protect Journalists 
issued a total of eight releases decrying the trend between Thursday, February 3, and Friday, 
February 4. It was also during this period when the first death of a journalist was announced. 
CPJ’s one release that Thursday featured a headline that placed blame for the attacks squarely at 
the feet of Egypt’s president: “Mubarak intensifies press attacks with assaults, detentions.” He 
was accused of unleashing “an unprecedented and systematic attack” against international 
journalists, and CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon called it “a dark day” for journalism. “
The 
systematic and sustained attacks documented by CPJ leave no doubt that a government-
orchestrated effort to target the media and suppress the news is well under way,” he said. “We 
hold President Mubarak personally responsible for this unprecedented action and call on the 
Egyptian government to reverse course immediately.” At the time of the release, CPJ had 
recorded “30 detentions, 26 assaults, and eight instances of equipment having been seized” 
during the previous twenty-four hours. Labeling it as “a round-up of attacks on the press,” the 
release contained thirty bullet points detailing specific actions against journalists and the 
government’s various efforts to stop the flow of information. Among them was the story of 
Petros Papaconstantino, a correspondent for the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini
Papaconstantino was “briefly hospitalized with a stab wound to the leg” after a group of 
32 “International media does not escape violence unleashed by Mubarak supporters,” February 2, 2011, Reporters 
Without Borders.


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