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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  Even though there were still numerous attacks targeting the press, this period marked a gradual decline of widespread violence against journalists. The International Federation of Journalists devoted its last release, issued on Saturday, February 5, to Mahmoud’s death. The brief, four-paragraph statement provided specific information that Mahmoud had died at a hospital nearly a week after being shot in the eye by a sniper. “This loss is the inevitable tragedy and consequence of reckless violence and confrontation,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “We send our condolences to Ahmed’s family and to all Egyptian colleagues.” The organization also said it would continue “to press for an end to violent targeting of journalists both local and foreign.” 42 The Committee to Protect Journalists released a statement the same day which expressed serious concern that Egypt’s state broadcasters were creating an atmosphere that encouraged attacks against foreign journalists. CPJ reported that s tate television and radio, along with pro- Mubarak private stations, were giving airtime to presenters and guests who claimed that international journalists had a “hidden agenda” against the government. Local journalists who worked with foreign colleagues were repeatedly referred to as “infidels,” and the media was being blamed for escalating the protests. People inside and outside of Egypt were monitoring the broadcasts and sent transcripts to CPJ, which published several of them. “Al-Jazeera is inciting the citizens,” said one guest on Egyptian TV’s Channel One and Egyptian Satellite Channel, adding that crowds were being frenzied in accordance with “a plot by the West and the United States.” Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, condemned the remarks. “In the current climate, such rhetoric is extremely dangerous, as it could be interpreted as a green light to violent forces that have engaged in a systematic campaign to 42 “IFJ deplores ‘inevitable tragedy’ as Egyptian journalist dies,” February 5, 2011, International Federation of Journalists.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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Even though there were still numerous attacks targeting the press, this period marked a 
gradual decline of widespread violence against journalists. The International Federation of 
Journalists devoted its last release, issued on Saturday, February 5, to Mahmoud’s death. The 
brief, four-paragraph statement provided specific information that Mahmoud had died at a 
hospital nearly a week after being shot in the eye by a sniper. “This loss is the inevitable tragedy 
and consequence of reckless violence and confrontation,” said Aidan White, IFJ General 
Secretary. “We send our condolences to Ahmed’s family and to all Egyptian colleagues.” The 
organization also said it would continue “to press for an end to violent targeting of journalists 
both local and foreign.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists released a statement the same day which expressed 
serious concern that Egypt’s state broadcasters were creating an atmosphere that encouraged 
attacks against foreign journalists. CPJ reported that s
tate television and radio, along with pro-
Mubarak private stations, were giving airtime to presenters and guests who claimed that 
international journalists had a “hidden agenda” against the government. Local journalists who 
worked with foreign colleagues were repeatedly referred to as “infidels,” and the media was 
being blamed for escalating the protests. People inside and outside of Egypt were monitoring the 
broadcasts and sent transcripts to CPJ, which published several of them. “Al-Jazeera is inciting 
the citizens,” said one guest on Egyptian TV’s Channel One and Egyptian Satellite Channel, 
adding that crowds were being frenzied in accordance with “a plot by the West and the United 
States.” Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, 
condemned the remarks. “In the current climate, such rhetoric is extremely dangerous, as it could 
be interpreted as a green light to violent forces that have engaged in a systematic campaign to 
42 “IFJ deplores ‘inevitable tragedy’ as Egyptian journalist dies,” February 5, 2011, International Federation of 
Journalists.


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