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Egyptian journalist beaten, robbed at Cairo protest

Al-Shorouk journalist reports being beaten by assailants who assumed she was a Brotherhood supporter

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Jul 2013
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An Egyptian journalist was assaulted Saturday night by unknown assailants while taking photographs of a march in support of the country's ousted president Mohamed Morsi in northern Cairo.

Nada El-Khouly, a journalist at the privately-owned daily Al-Shorouk, was attacked by unknown “thugs” as she was attempting to photograph clashes at a pro-Morsi march in Al-Zaytoun district, according to the paper’s website.

Assailants wielding swords and bladed weapons attacked El-Khouly and seized her camera, assuming that she was a supporter of the ousted president and his Brotherhood group.

El-Khouly was returning home from performing taraweeh (late night Ramadan) prayers in a mosque when the attack took place.

"They attacked me thinking I was Brotherhood because I was wearing an abaya,” El-Khouly was quoted as saying, referring to a long dress worn by Muslim women during prayers.

On Friday, a video journalist with independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm was reportedly beaten up and had her camera seized by pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo's Nasr City district.

Media personnel have been often attacked in Egypt while covering political rallies. Demonstrators of different affiliations have attacked journalists of various news outlets for what they claim is bias against them by certain channels.

The country remains tense and polarised since the army's ouster of Morsi on 3 July following mass protests across the nation against the former president.

Thousands of Morsi's Islamist backers have been taking to the streets since his ouster to demand his reinstatement. The area around Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo's Nasr City has been the site of a larger pro-Morsi sit-in that has been in place since 28 June.

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