Last Update 11:23
Monday, 23 September 2019

Egyptian journalists protest being targeted by violence

Two journalists were shot earlier this week while covering clashes at Cairo University, while another was killed last month in similar violence

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Apr 2014
Egyptian journalists protest
Egyptian journalists carry blood-stained shrouds to condemn being targeted by violence during a protest at the Journalists' Syndicate in downtown Cairo, Thursday, Cairo, Egypt, April 17, 2014 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Views: 2189
Views: 2189

Dozens of Egyptian journalists protested on Thursday afternoon against the recent violence they've been subjected to while covering events in the field as well as what they say is a campaign to prevent them from doing their jobs.

The protest, called by the Journalists' Syndicate and held at its headquarters in downtown Cairo, condemned "deliberate attacks journalists are subjected to and the fierce campaign aiming to prevent them from … reporting the truth to the people," the syndicate said in an earlier statement.

The protesters on Thursday, joined by the syndicate's head Diaa Rashwan, shouted anti-police slogans and held blood-stained shrouds in condemnation of the violence.

Journalists have repeatedly complained of being targeted by the police and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi while covering clashes. The violence has occasionally been fatal to news gatherers.

A 22-year-old female journalist was shot dead in Cairo on 28 March while reporting on clashes between police and Islamists protesting against ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's presidency bid.

On Monday, two journalists from privately-owned media outlets were shot while covering clashes between students and riot police at Cairo University.

In response to Monday's violence, syndicate head Rashwan called for an indefinite halt on field reporting until "security authorities do their duty in protecting journalists."

In 2013, the US-based NGO Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Egypt as the third-deadliest country in the world for journalists. Egyptian journalists have staged several protests calling for protection while on the job.

Egypt has been rocked by violence since Morsi's removal last July, with his supporters staging near daily protests against interim authorities that often descend into violent confrontations with security forces.


Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

17-04-2014 08:17pm
State violence
Egyptians should overthrow Sisi before it's too late. What awaits the country is worse than Mubarak and Morsi combined.
Comment's Title

Aladdin, Egypt
17-04-2014 07:00pm
enemy of Freedom
Yes, those dark forces and evil people attack press because it exposes their evil acts. They hate freedom per se. They are our true enemies and should be castrated.
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.