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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  January 26 “The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violence against journalists covering demonstrations in Egypt.” This was the first sentence from CPJ’s first press release regarding violence against reporters covering the political protests, and it was issued on Wednesday, January 26. CPJ reported at least 10 journalists had been “beaten” by Egyptian security forces and other journalists had been detained since the previous Tuesday. The websites of two newspapers and several social media sites had also been shut down. Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, appealed to the Egyptian government to halt such activities. “We call on Cairo to bring to an immediate end all forms of violence against the media, release all detained journalists, and lift online censorship,” he said. The press release also included interviews with some journalists who had been assaulted by security forces. “I started running but four policemen pulled me by my hair and kicked me in my face and back,” said Lina Attalah, managing editor of Al-Masry al-Youm's English edition. “I tried telling them that I’m a journalist but they were too busy kicking me.” 17 Reporters Without Borders also issued a strongly-worded release on the same day. “ Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the arrests and physical attacks that journalists suffered while covering demonstrations yesterday and today in various Egyptian cities,” it began. The release detailed the government’s efforts to jam mobile phone signals and block websites, and it included information that Egypt is on the organization’s “list of Enemies of the Internet, above all for harassing and arresting bloggers….” Similar to CPJ, Reporters Without Borders reported on the attacks and arrests of several journalists who were covering the protests, 17 “Journalists beaten, websites blocked amid protests in Egypt,” January 26, 2011, Committee to Protect Journalists, www.cpj.org. All CPJ releases in this research were accessed from this website.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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January 26
“The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violence against journalists covering 
demonstrations in Egypt.” This was the first sentence from CPJ’s first press release regarding 
violence against reporters covering the political protests, and it was issued on Wednesday, 
January 26. CPJ reported at least 10 journalists had been “beaten” by Egyptian security forces 
and other journalists had been detained since the previous Tuesday. The websites of two 
newspapers and several social media sites had also been shut down. Mohamed Abdel Dayem, 
CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, appealed to the Egyptian government 
to halt such activities. “We call on Cairo to bring to an immediate end all forms of violence 
against the media, release all detained journalists, and lift online censorship,” he said. The press 
release also included interviews with some journalists who had been assaulted by security forces. 
“I started running but four policemen pulled me by my hair and kicked me in my face and back,” 
said Lina Attalah, managing editor of Al-Masry al-Youm's English edition. “I tried telling them 
that I’m a journalist but they were too busy kicking me.”
Reporters Without Borders also issued a strongly-worded release on the same day. 
Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the arrests and physical attacks that journalists 
suffered while covering demonstrations yesterday and today in various Egyptian cities,” it began. 
The release detailed the government’s efforts to jam mobile phone signals and block websites, 
and it included information that Egypt is on the organization’s “list of Enemies of the Internet, 
above all for harassing and arresting bloggers….” Similar to CPJ, Reporters Without Borders 
reported on the attacks and arrests of several journalists who were covering the protests, 
17 “Journalists beaten, websites blocked amid protests in Egypt,” January 26, 2011, Committee to Protect 
Journalists, www.cpj.org. All CPJ releases in this research were accessed from this website.


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