Egypt: 10 Journalists and Media Professionals Were Killed Since Egyptian Revolution Erupted, ANHRI Demands Holding the Responsible for Killing the…
Cairo On — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) expresses its strong condemnation for using excessive violence by Egypt’s armed forces in an ambush at the south entrance of Damenhour, Beheira Governorate. As a result, the director of Al-Ahram office “Tamer Abdel Raouf” was killed, while Hamed Fathy Hamed Al-Barbry, jouralist in Al-Gomhuria newspaper, was wounded.
On Monday night, Tamer and Hamed were on their car during the curfew hours, and according to the testimony of the military spokesperson; they broke the curfew and the ambush that organized by the armed forces in the entrance of Damenhour city. They escaped the ambush and didn’t respond to the armed forces’ calls to stop, leading the armed forces men to open fire on the car. As a consequence, Tamer Abdel Wahab, director Al-Ahram office, was killed, while Hamed Fathy was wounded.
It is noteworthy that the cabinet issued a decision that excludes the journalists out of the curfew hours due to their job necessitates their presence in the streets to transfer the incidents. So this matter casts doubt on that official story, and needs more clarification from the responsible authorities.
Tamer is the fifth journalist that was killed during the latest incidents in Egypt, following the dispersal of Raba Al-Adawya and Nahdet Misr sit-ins. Sky News cameraman, Mick Deane, was shot dead in Egypt as well. Habiba Ahmed, a journalist at Xpress, Ahmed Abdel Gawad, a reporter in Al-Akhbar newspaper, were killed during the latest incidents. Pursuant to the news reports, Mohamed Samir, a director in Nile News channel, was shot dead during his coverage for the clashes erupted between the security bodies and Muslim Brotherhood supports in Ramsis, nearby Al-Azbakya police station.
The number of journalists and media professionals who were killed since the Egyptian revolution erupted amounted to ten. Previously, all of Ahmed Mahmoud, Al-Husseiny Abu Daif, Salah El-Din Hasan and Ahmed Assem were killed.
ANHRI said that “the military spokes-person’s allegation of the journalist escaped the ambush during the curfew doesn’t justify using fatal force against them. The armed forces should have been more professional in addressing the citizens and protecting their lives”.
ANHRI confirms that the authorities and security bodies should abide by the decision of excluding the journalists and media professionals from the curfew hours, in addition to providing the complete protection for their lives during their coverage for the incidents in the Egyptian streets.
Furthermore, ANHRI demands from the Egyptian authorities to conduct an urgent and transparent investigation over the incident of killing the journalist Tamer Abdel Raouf and to declare the truth to the public opinion, over and above holding those who are responsible for killing him accountable.