Journalists killed, arrested and attacked
Two journalists were killed and at least a dozen more were injured, arrested or threatened Wednesday as violence reached new levels in Egypt after security forces stormed the sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
According to the Post’s Paul Farhi, the detained reporters included Reuters’ Tom Finn, who tweeted his arrest and eventual release, and Newsweek’s Mike Giglio, who wrote an account of his detention for The Daily Beast on Wednesday morning.
In it, Giglio said he and several other journalists, including the freelance photographers Mahmoud Abou Zeid and Louis Jammes, were beaten in police custody after identifying themselves as journalists.
Giglio was released after four hours but wrote that “many others, including other journalists, were not so lucky.”
Reuters photographer Asmaa Waguih, according to freelance photojournalist Haleen Elsharani, was shot in the leg while reporting. A mob attacked Kristen Chick, a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, stealing her phone and notebook.
Among the journalists who were threatened, was Post’s Cairo bureau chief Abigail Hauslohner, who said the police reportedly broke cameras and wiped images from the phones.
“If I see you again, I will shoot you in the leg,” one police officer told Hauslohner.
According to Farhi, New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it has documented at least 78 assaults on journalists in Egypt from August 2012 until Morsi’s removal from office in early July.