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Journalist Mona El-Tahawy beaten and sexually assaulted by CSF
Renowned Egyptian American journalist recounts on Twitter her terrible experience in state detention
Zeinab El-Gundy, Thursday 24 Nov 2011
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Mona El Tahawy
Mona El Tahawy was arrested, beaten and sexually harassed Wednesday 23 November. (Photo: El Tahawy's Twitter account)

Renowned Egyptian American columnist Mona El-Tahawy says she was subjected to physical and sexual assault at the hands of the Central Security Forces (CSF) after being arrested at Mohamed Mahmoud Street on Wednesday night. El-Tahawy is a New York-based columnist for Canada's Toronto Star, Israel's The Jerusalem Report and Denmark's Politiken. 

El-Tahawy’s arrest was first known Wednesday night when she sent a tweet saying that she was beaten and detained. After several hours of silence, El-Tahawy tweeted again “I am free” and then began to speak of her terrible experience. 

After arrest, El-Tahawy was moved to the Ministry of Interior’s where she waited for three hours before being interrogated by military intelligence officers while she was blindfolded. It was at this time that El-Tahawy was also sexually assaulted: “5 or 6 surrounded me, groped and prodded my breasts, grabbed my genital area and I lost count how many hands tried to get into my trousers.”

Mona said that she had to answer questions at first because she had no passport with her, but later refused to cooperate with the military intelligence as a civilian.

The military intelligence apologised for what CSF forces did to El-Tahawy, even recording her statement about the assault and taking photographs of her bruises before releasing her. 

El-Tahawy shared a photo of her swollen hand and said that she was going to hospital for a checkup. According to x-rays, both her left arm and right hand are broken. El-Tahawy attacked the CSF on her Twitter account, calling them "bastards" and promising to write an article about her terrifying experience. 

The El-Tahawy incident is not the first involving a journalist during the latest clashes in Tahrir Square. Many Egyptian and foreign journalists reported attacks by the security forces. Two reporters lost an eye, including Al-Masry Al-Youm photojournalist Ahmed Abdel Fatah. 

Two days ago, Al-Akhbar Daily newspaper’s correspondent Sarhan Sanara in Alexandria was arrested by security forces during his coverage for clashes in front of the Alexandria security directorate and was badly tortured for hours there before being released. 

The Journalists’ Syndicate issued a strong-worded a couple of days ago condemning the attacks on journalists and accusing the Ministry of Interior of targeting the media. The syndicate threatened to sue the ministry in case of any further attacks on journalists.
 





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fatma
27-11-2011 07:13pm
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mona eltahawy
Mona continue to speak up and get the word out. Make the best of your ordeal to protect less stronger women. don't let this experience get into you. way to go girl, it is insulting hurtful but change has a price. rise above it and speak up, beat their scaring tactics. Only then we will win.
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Frank
26-11-2011 04:00pm
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Shame on you
Why should you be helped when you have no respect or considerations toward the women, mothers, wifes, sisters, daughters of your fellow humans indeed even of your own country? why should you be respected when you are very obviously showing the whole world that all you are become is nothing more than a pack of wild animals whith no interests but only the respons to stupid, primitjve & base self satisfaction? you ALL deserve the very low esteem the whole world has toward you, you are allowing, even fostering, this disrespect to exist & spread from generation to the next among you. Shame on you.
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Taz
26-11-2011 10:46am
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Turkey or the civilized world????
Hemo..you are either don't go out much or in denial, but Turkey is not exactly among the "civilized world" when it comes to women's right nor when it comes to press freedom (read about a complain from EU about Turkey's imprisonment of 60 journalists). this is like the pot calling the kettle black
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Hemo
25-11-2011 09:20pm
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Abuse of journalists
Disgraceful, disgusting... If this crime happened here in Turkey (or anywhere else in the civilized world) the government would rapidly fall and many would end up behind bars. sexual abuse is one of the most cheap weapons and demeaning to any woman.
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Caroline
25-11-2011 02:13pm
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Savage
I was sick to my stomach hearing what Mona Al-Tahawy went through.... and from people who are supposed to protect their fellow citizens and not commit those ugly and disgusting act. What kind of behavior is that? Are we going backward or are we living now in a Word of savage who have no respect for women. It did not come to the mind of these CFS forces that this lady could be a sister or a daughter of any of their fellow mates. What a shame...
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kasem azez
25-11-2011 01:04am
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be in fine
we are sorry, Mona. and we proud of you , every girl and woman in Egypt well be proud of you , just your gone out your house into that dangerous street m. Mahmoud سلامتك وكل المحبة والاعتزاز بك يا منى لانك موضع فخر حقيقى للفتاة المصريةولنا جميعا بالطبع , الف سلامة لك وخالص الامنيات لك ولمصرنا الغالية بالخلاص والتخرر . الاغبياء لم يفهموا لم كان التحرير رمزا للثورة المصرية ...
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kasem azez
25-11-2011 01:04am
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we are sorry, Mona. and we proud of you , every girl and woman in Egypt well be proud of you , just your gone out your house into that dangerous street m. Mahmoud سلامتك وكل المحبة والاعتزاز بك يا منى لانك موضع فخر حقيقى للفتاة المصريةولنا جميعا بالطبع , الف سلامة لك وخالص الامنيات لك ولمصرنا الغالية بالخلاص والتخرر . الاغبياء لم يفهموا لم كان التحرير رمزا للثورة المصرية ...
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gamal
25-11-2011 12:19am
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astonished
Iwas astonished when Isaw Mona El Tahawy on a programme with Yosry Foda and she was moving her arms and hands all ways. Maybe she has incredible strength!
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mohsen ragheb
24-11-2011 07:25pm
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Bastards... !
How low the security foces have gone and how sickening and complacent the SCAF turned out to be. This unacceptable bullying can only happen if the highest leaders (tantawi and essawy) are encouraging this appalling behavior. One day, you will be treated with Mubarak, but there won't be such a corruption to save you!
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