Almost a dozen journalists killed in Egypt since 2011 uprising: Rights watchdog

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Sep 2014

Local rights group says eleven journalists have been killed throughout three years of political tumult since the 2011 popular revolt, including two foreigners

"No to targeting journalists"
Egyptian journalist carrying a sign that reads "No to targeting journalists" during a protest at the Press Syndicate in downtown Cairo, Thursday April 17, 2014 (Photo: Bassam El-Zogby)

Almost a dozen journalists have been killed in Egypt in over three years of political turmoil since the 2011 popular revolt that toppled long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, a Cairo-based rights group said Saturday.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said that eleven journalists, including a Briton and an American, were killed while being at the flashpoint of areas where violence broke out in the period between 28 January 2011 and late March 2014.

Egypt has been rocked by political tumult since Mubarak was ousted in February 2011. Instability worsened when the military deposed Mubarak's successor, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, last summer after millions protested against his turbulent yearlong rule. More than 1,400 have been killed in street clashes and thousands arrested since Morsi was overthrown in July 2013.

A 55-page booklet titled "Journalism Martyrs in Egypt and Impunity" issued on Saturday by ANHRI documents names of the slain journalists and details of their deaths.

The reporters, both amateurs and professional, include two women as well as two men who worked for pro-Muslim Brotherhood news outlets.

Some of them appeared to have been targeted for their profession, the group says.

Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old American college student, was killed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria during clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi on 28 June 2013.

Veteran Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, 61, was shot dead while covering violence that occurred in Cairo on 14 August 2013 when security forces moved in on two pro-Morsi protest camps, leaving hundreds dead. Three other Egyptian journalists were killed throughout the day.

Evidence implicates that the blame for the deaths, according to the rights watchdog, lies, for the most part, with Egypt's security forces. Five of the deaths are blamed on supporters of Islamist president Morsi and the military council that ruled for 18 turbulent months after Mubarak resigned in February 2011.

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