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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  the organization quoted Samir Ali, a correspondent for Al Jazeera, who had been having difficulty with communications. “ There is no greater disruption for the work of journalists than the disruption of mobile phone services and text messages,” he said. “This in itself constitutes an attack on journalists and their freedom to cover the events that are shaking Egypt now.” The release concluded with a list of journalists who had been attacked by state security forces. 20 Reporters Without Borders issued two press releases. The first one “firmly condemns the arrests of four French journalists as they were preparing to cover protests in Cairo today.” Calling it “completely unacceptable,” the organization lambasted Egypt’s effort to disrupt the flow of news and information. “By blocking the Internet and by attacking and arresting Egyptian and foreign journalists, the Egyptian government is trying both to prevent the protests from being organized and to prevent them from being covered internationally,” said Jean-François Julliard, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general. 21 In its second release, Reporters Without Borders once again condemned police violence against journalists who were covering the political protests, and the group demanded change. “We urge the Egyptian authorities to allow journalists to work without fear of being arrested or attacked by those who are supposed to protect them.” The statement also called for “the immediate release of all the media workers still being held and an end to the blocking of communications.” Reporters Without Borders bolstered its position by citing similar concerns from the governments of the United States and France. The press release concluded with six bullet points of recent journalist arrests and an update on the then-unreliable status of communication via Facebook, Twitter, and telephone within Egypt. 22 20 “Egypt instigates media blackout, police target journalists,” January 28, 2011, Committee to Protect Journalists. 21 “Foreign journalists arrested, Internet blocked,” January 28, 2011, Reporters Without Borders. 22 “Journalists targeted by police violence, arrests,” January 28, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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the organization quoted Samir Ali, a correspondent for Al Jazeera, who had been having 
difficulty with communications. “
There is no greater disruption for the work of journalists than 
the disruption of mobile phone services and text messages,” he said. “This in itself constitutes an 
attack on journalists and their freedom to cover the events that are shaking Egypt now.” The 
release concluded with a list of journalists who had been attacked by state security forces.
Reporters Without Borders issued two press releases. The first one “firmly condemns the 
arrests of four French journalists as they were preparing to cover protests in Cairo today.” 
Calling it “completely unacceptable,” the organization lambasted Egypt’s effort to disrupt the 
flow of news and information. “By blocking the Internet and by attacking and arresting Egyptian 
and foreign journalists, the Egyptian government is trying both to prevent the protests from being 
organized and to prevent them from being covered internationally,” said Jean-François Julliard, 
Reporters Without Borders secretary-general.
In its second release, Reporters Without Borders once again condemned police violence 
against journalists who were covering the political protests, and the group demanded change. 
“We urge the Egyptian authorities to allow journalists to work without fear of being arrested or 
attacked by those who are supposed to protect them.” The statement also called for “the 
immediate release of all the media workers still being held and an end to the blocking of 
communications.” Reporters Without Borders bolstered its position by citing similar concerns 
from the governments of the United States and France. The press release concluded with six 
bullet points of recent journalist arrests and an update on the then-unreliable status of 
communication via Facebook, Twitter, and telephone within Egypt.
20 “Egypt instigates media blackout, police target journalists,” January 28, 2011, Committee to Protect Journalists.
21 “Foreign journalists arrested, Internet blocked,” January 28, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.
22 “Journalists targeted by police violence, arrests,” January 28, 2011, Reporters Without Borders.


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