1 journalist killed and more than 100 attacked, abducted, arrested in Cairo (updated)

(Updated – scroll down to see list of attacks)

News media across Europe, North Ameria and the Middle East report of escalating violence against it’s reporters covering the civil unrest in Egypt.

The attack against the international media-coverage was initially carried out by the Egyptian government which closed down the internet and closed down the offices of tv-stations.

From Feb. 2nd things have changed, and journalists are now specifically targeted with violence when simply moving through the city or when filming on the streets or from hotels. Often camera equipment is stolen or confiscated.

I have included a few examples of harassment such as attack on hotels, raids of offices, etc – but have not counted these as examples of attacks on reporters.

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The purpose of this blog-posting is simply to help those covering the events find original sources with accounts of journalists, cameramen and drivers who were harassed, attacked, abducted or arrested while reporting from Cairo during the civil unrest.

You may freely use / copy the contents.

I have included links to the source. Many were first-hand accounts by the reporters themselves. You will find much more detailed descriptions if you follow the links below.

Please help me by including more examples in the comment section  or by sending mail to ernst.poulsen@gmail.com. In case it is not a first-hand account, you must include link to your source.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has started publishing a similar list at http://cpj.org. You will find an overlap but also differences between this list and the one below.

As of February 8th it seems foreign journalists are required to carry a permit. If not they are not allowed into Tahrir-square:
– Source: Berlingske.dk

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Name / Media outlet                       Description of attack

* Mohamed Mahmoud Ahmed, Al-Ahram, Killed by sniper fire
– Source: Al-Ahram (Google translate), CPJ

+ Al jazeera Arabic’s Cairo office raided and trashed.
Source: CCN
+ Al-Badil online newspaper raided by men
– Source: CPJ / Al-Arabiya

* Eric Feijten, NOS: Arrested, beaten, kicked out of Egypt
– Source: CPJ

* Abdel Fatah Fayed, Al-Jazeera, Detained
* Ahmad Youssif, Al-Jazeera, Detained
– Source: CPJ, Al-Jazeera

* Souad Mekhennet, NY Times: Arrested, interrogated, blind-folded
* Nicholas Kulish, NY Times: Arrested, interrogated, blind-folded
* Driver, NY Times: Arrested, interrogated, blind-folded
– Source: NY Times

Wael Abbas, Blogger: Arrested three times

* Akram Khuzam, Al-Hurra: Men threatened to kill on-air reporter
* Tarek El Shamy,
Al-Hurra: Men threatened to kill on-air reporter
– Source: CPJThe Guardian: Detained, forced to kneel facing wall.

* Peter Beaumont, The Guardian: Detained, forced to kneel facing wall.
* Jack Shenker, The Guardian: Detained, forced to kneel facing wall.
– Source: The Guardian

* Carole Kerbage, Al-Safir: Detained and released
– Source: CPJ
* Wissam Charaf, Arte, Detained, mobile, tapes, passport confiscated.
– Source: CPJ
* James Hider, The Times: Beaten by soldiers at gunpoint
– Source: CPJ

Robert Tait, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Detained
* Abdelilah Nuaimi
, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Detained
– Source: Radio Free Europe

* Tomm W. Christiansen,
Dagens Næringsliv: Robbed by armed mob
* Journalist,
Dagens Næringsliv: Robbed by armed mob
– Source: Dagbladet.no TV2 Denmark: Car attacked by mob w/ knives, clubs.

* Rasmus Tandholt, TV2 Denmark: Car attacked by mob with knives, clubs.
* Anders Brandt, TV2 Denmark: Car attacked by mob with knives, clubs.
– Source: TV2

+ Henrik Lerche, DR: Room searched, warned not to film from hotel
+ Photographer: DR: Room searched, warned not to film from hotel
– Source: DR

* Bert Sundström, SVT: Hospitalized with knife-wound
– Source: SVT

* Kadafi Zaman, TV2 Norway, Robbed by mob
* Aage Aune, TV2 Norway: Robbed by mob
– Source: Journalisten.no, Dagbladet.no

* Margaret Evans, CBC radio: Audio recording equipment confiscated
– Source: The Star

* Journalist, France 24: Detained for 24 hours, freed, detained again
* Journalist, France 24: Detained for 24 hours, freed, detained again
* Journalist, France 24: Detained for 24 hours, freed, detained again
– Source: The Australian

* Japanese photographer, freelance: Attacked, injured
* Japanese photographer, freelance: Attacked
– Source: The Australian

* Petros Papaconstantinou, Kathimerini: Beaten, stabbed in leg, robbed
* Greek photographer, ?: Hit in head, equipment smashed
– Source: Politiken

* Abdullah Mussa, Al-Jazeera: Attacked, 3 machetes held to neck
– Source: CPJ

* Andrew Henderson, The National: Attacked, camera broken
Hugh Naylor, The National: Attacked, hit in head
– Source: CPJ

* Lara Logan, CBS News: Detained
– Source:  Time Newsfeed

* Reporter, NY Times: Detained
* Reporter, NY Times: Detained – later released
* Leila Fadel, The Washington Post: Detained – later released
* Linda Davidson, The Washington Post: Detained – later released
* Sufian Taha, The Washington Post: Detained – later released
* Mansour el-Sayed Mohammed, The Washington Post: Detained – released
* Sonia Verma, the Globe and Mail newspaper: Detained – later released
* Patrick Martin, the Globe and Mail newspaper: Detained – later released
– Source: The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Star

* Metin Turan, TRT: Beaten, lost tooth. Camera, mobile stolen
– Source: The Guardian, Yahoo/AP

+ Daily paper Al-Shorouk raided
* Mohamed Khayal, Al-Shorouk: Injoured
* Magdi Ibrahim, Al-Shorouk: Injoured
– Source CPJ

+ Reuters offices: Raided, windows smashed
– Source: NY Times

+ Ramses Hilton Hotel: Raided, camera equipment confiscated by security
– Source: The Washington Post

* Richard Latendresse, TVA: Camera confiscated by hotel security
– Source: The Star

* Greg Palkot, Fox News: Hospitalized after attack
* Olaf Wiig, Fox News, Hospitalized after attack
– Source CPJ

* Dima Salem, Al-Arabiya: Attacked by mob
* Cameraman, Al-Arabiya: Equipment stolen
– Source CPJ

* Alfred Yaghobzadeh, SIPA Press agency: Beaten
– Source CPJ

* Corban Costa, Brazilian Radio Nacional: Detained, blind-folded
* Gilvan Rocha, TV Brasil: Detained, blind-folded
– Source CPJ

* Cumali Önal, Cihan News Agency: Attacked, beaten
* Doğan Ertuğrul, The Turkish Star Daily: Attacked, beaten
– Source: Hollywoodreporter

* Brian Hartman, ABC News, Threatened with beheading, carjacked
* Akram Abi-hanna, ABC News: Threatened with beheading, carjacked
– Source: ABC News

* News crew member, TVP Poland: Detained
* News crew member, TVP Poland: Detained
– Source: The Guardian

* Ahmad Mansour, Al Jazeera: Attacked and arrested by security
Source: Huffingtonpost

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR: Attacked, held back
* Ashraf Khalil, NPR, Attacked, Beaten in head
– Source:  CPJ

* Ahmed Bajano, Al-Arabiya: Attacked, concussion
* Cameraman, Al-Arabiya: Attacked
– Source: CPJ

* Ahmed Abdullah, Al-Arabiya: Beaten, hospitalized
– Source: CNN

* Anderson Cooper, CNN:  Hit 10 times in the head
* Marian Fox, CNN:  Attacked
* Neil ? (cameraman):  Attacked. Punched in head
– Sources: CNN, NYTimes, CNN

* Hala Gorani, CNN: Slammed against gate, threatened
– Source: CNN

* Christiane Amanpour, ABC News: Crew attacked in car, fled scene
* Cameraman, ABC News: Crew attacked in car, fled scene
– Source: NYTimes

* Steffen Jensen, TV2: Attacked, beaten, held back by soldiers
– Source: TV2

* Anon. Danish Photographer, ?:  Kicked in the head
* Anon. Danish Photographer, ?:  Threatened, temp. detained by police
– Source: JP

* Roar Christiansen, Photographer, BT.no: Attack by mob, camera stolen
– Source: BT.no

* Erlend Skevik, VG: Hit with plank, kicked
– Source: VG

* Rupert Wingfield-Hayes,  BBC: Car forced off road, detained, blindfolded
– Sources: CNN, CPJ, BBC

* Serge Dumont, Le Soir, etc. Attacked, hit in face, arrested
Source: CNN

* NN (Egyptian reporter), ?: Found severely beaten
– Source: CNN

* NN, ?: Arrested then released
* NN, ?: Arrested then released
– Source: ABC-News

* Arne Lapidus, Expressen.se:  Threatened with knife, hit, memorycard stolen
– Source: Expressen

* Karin Östman, Aftonbladet.se, Threatened by mob, car-keys stolen, detained
* Krister Hansson, Aftonbladet.se, Threatened by mob, detained
– Source: Aftonbladet

* Graeme Wood, The Atlantic: Hit in chest and back
Source: The Atlantic

* Mark Strassman, CBS: Attacked
* Camera-man, CBS: Attacked, Punched and hit in head with maze
– Source: AP

* Peter van Agtmael, Wall Street Journal: Attacked, received cuts and bruises
– Source: WSJ

* Jon Bjorgvinsson, RUV/Swiss TV Attacked, knocked to the ground.
* Cameraman, RUV/Swiss TV Attacked, arrested
– Source: CPJ, AP

* Journalist, Turkey’s Fox TV: Abducted, later saved by military
* Cameraman, Turkey’s Fox TV: Abducted, later saved by military
* Driver, Turkey’s Fox TV: Abducted, later saved by military
– Source: AP

* Journalist, Zvezda television: Abducted, blindfolded
* Cameraman, Zvezda television: Abducted, blindfolded
– Source: AP

* Jean-Francois Lepine, CBC: Surrounded by a mob that began hitting them. * Sylvain Castonguay, CBC: Surrounded by a mob that began hitting them
– Source: AP, CBC

* Samir Abu Eid, SVT: Detained for 1 hour by military (Jan. 30th)
* Pernilla Edholm, SVT: Detained for 1 hour by military (Jan. 30th)
– Source: SVT

3 responses to “1 journalist killed and more than 100 attacked, abducted, arrested in Cairo (updated)

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention More than 30 accounts of journalists, cameramen attacked, abducted, arrested in Cairo | Ernst Poulsen’s Weblog -- Topsy.com

  2. Super godt initiativ, Ernst.
    Men hvorfor ikke lægge data ind i en database-struktur med det samme? Så bliver de jo meget mere brugbare, kan grupperes, sorteres etc.

  3. Kære Tommy,

    Du har helt ret.

    Det begyndte egentlig med 10-20 overfald, og det kunne nemt overskues i tekst-format. Men så eskalerede volden og chikanen af medierne, og listen blev hurtig uoverskuelig.

    Hvilket værktøj ville være nemt at gå til – og ville samtidigt give læserne mulighed for at læse teksten i liste-form (uden at skulle åbne nye vinduer)? En database, som tillader embedding af udtræk i WordPress?

    Helt suverænt ville det have været, hvis det havde været muligt at skabe overblik over flere kategorier: Vold, Efterlyste personer, Dræbte, etc.

    Men, igen – det er lavet i sene nattetimer, så det skal virkeligt være low-entry for at være overkommeligt.

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