Masry Al-Youm journalist attacked by pro-Morsi march in Cairo

Ahram Online, Saturday 20 Jul 2013

Al-Masry Al-Youm's reporter Menna Alaa says she was attacked, camera stolen in Cairo's Nasr City

Pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo's Nasr City district attacked Al-Masry Al-Youm’s video journalist Menna Alaa while she was covering Friday’s rallies calling for ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s reinstatement, according to the Egyptian newspaper.

"Supporters of the deposed president" physically attacked Alaa while she "was performing her duty as a journalist," Al-Masry Al-Youm, an Egyptian privately-owned news organisation, said in a statement published on its website on Friday night.

Alaa was reporting from the pro-Morsi demonstration at the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo's Heliopolis district and their march back from the headquarters to Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, the site of a larger sit-in that has been in place since 28 June.

As the march proceeded back to Rabaa Al-Adawiya, a car drove quickly in their direction, Al-Masry Al-Youm said.

"Protesters gathered around the car and broke its windows," the statement read. "Alaa was shooting the incident when a [protester] slapped her across the face and another took her camera."

"I was just beaten up by Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] protesters, camera taken as well," Alaa said via Twitter.

A number of protesters tried protecting Alaa from the attackers while others apologised to her, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm’s statement.

"I am fine. A smack on my face and a stolen camera won’t stop me," the journalist said via Twitter.

This is not the first time media personnel are reportedly 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.

Morsi supporters have been staging marches and sit-ins across Cairo condemning what they say was a military coup against the country's first democratically elected leader.

Other pro-Morsi marches made their way to Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque while a number of marches converged outside Cairo University in Giza early Friday afternoon, an area that has hosted many pro-Morsi rallies over the past weeks.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi protested across Egypt's governorates on Friday including the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and the Nile Delta provinces of Gharbiya and Sharqiya.

The Egyptian military deposed Morsi on 3 July amid mass nationwide protests against him sparking anger among his supporters, led by the Muslim Brotherhood from which he hails.  

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