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Egypt's press syndicate condemns journalist arrests in Abbasiya clashes

Egypt's press union condemns the detention of journalists covering Friday's violence in Abbasiya, highlighting also attacks on protesters

Ahram Online, Saturday 5 May 2012
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Thousands marched to Abbasiya on Friday (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Egypt's Journalists' Syndicate and other rights organisations reacted Saturday to the arrest of a number of journalists covering violent clashes in Abbasiya Square Friday.

Board member of the Journalists' Syndicate Alaa Al-Attar told Ahram Online that the estimated number of detained journalists from yesterday's events ranges between 15 and 20 reporters and photojournalists, some of which were released shortly after their detention while some remain detained.

At least three photojournalists were reported injured during coverage of the clashes.

Rights organisations A New World Foundation for Development and Human Rights and the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the arrests and assaults on journalists covering the clashes between protesters and military police Friday in Abbasiya Square, demanding their immediate release.

The Journalists' Syndicate issued a strong-worded statement condemning Friday's violence against protesters as well as journalists and will hold a press conference Sunday to review the issue of arrested and assaulted journalists in Friday's clashes with the participation of eyewitnesses and the families of some of the journalists who remain detained.

Clashes between protesters and military police Friday afternoon left two dead and over 300 injured, according to health ministry reports. Military police arrested hundreds at the scene, with detainees currently being interrogated by the military prosecution.

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