Egypt: Four Journalists Killed, Says Rights Group

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said on August 14th 2013 was the most violence day against the journalists and media professionals since 25th Jan Revolution erupted in 2011, and it was the most bloody in Egypt’s history.

Four journalists have been killed yesterday while dozens were attacked during covering the dispersal of both Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins, besides the violent incidents and riots transpired in several Egyptian cities by the supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Furthermore, 421 people were killed and 3572 were injuries pursuant to the Egyptian ministry of health, in addition to killing more than 40 police officers at the same day.

Death among Journalists:

During covering the violence incidents in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, the Sky News’ British cameraman Mick Deane, 61 years old, was killed after suffering a gunshot in his left side and settled in the heart. He was one of the channel’s teamwork who came to Cairo so as to cover the incidents for the channel.

Habiba Ahmed Abdel Aziz, 26, a journalist with the Dubai-based weekly Xpress, was shot during her presence in Cairo to spend a vacation.

Ahmed Abdel Gawad, a reporter in the Egypt-based “Al-Akhbar” newspaper, was shot dead while he was covering the incidents took place in Ramsis Street yesterday, according to what the newspaper published.

Moreover, RSS News Network’s photographer “Musab Al-Shamy” was killed by a cartridge during the dispersal of Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in, according to press reports.

Cases of Assaulting and Arresting the Journalists”

In addition to attacking many journalists and media professionals and seizing their cameras by the security forces as well as supporters of Muslim Brotherhood, ANHRI has monitored the following cases:

– The correspondent of Reuters “Asma Wageeh” was targeted during covering the dispersal of Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in and wounded by a gunshot in her leg. She was taken to hospital.

-Mohamed Al-Zaki, a photographer in “Al-Jazeera” channel, was wounded in his hand by a gunshot during the incidents in Rabaa Al-Adawiya. And he is being treated so far.

-“Al Masry Al-Youm”‘s photographer, Ahmed Najjar, sustained a gunshot injury to his hand by the supporters of Muslim Brotherhood during clashes in Mustafa Mahmoud Square, the they seized his own camera.

-Azza Mughazy, a journalist in “Shorouk” newspaper, was wounded in the head after the supporters of MB attacked her in Mustafa Mahmoud Square when she was heading to the newspaper’s headquarters. While approaching Mustafa Mahmoud headquarters via he car, Azza Mughazy was surprised by the burning tires there. She tried to return but a group of people stopped in front of her car, she asked permission to let her leave but one of the group slapped and beat her to leave her bleeding.

– Alaa Al-Kamhawy, a photographer in “Al Masry Al-Youm”, sustained a gunshot to his thigh while covering the clashes.

-Tarek Abbas, a reporter for Al-Watan newspaper, sustained cartridge to an eye during covering the incidents in Rabaa sit-in.

– Mahmoud Malaa, a correspondent for “Al Masry Al-Youm” in Aswan, was attacked by unknown people who smashed his cell phone and wounded him in the head.

-Iman Hilal, a photographer for “Al-Masry Al-Youm”, was covering the sit-in in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square when Morsi supporters threatened her with a knife and forced her to hand over his camera’s memory card. However, she was able to escape.

– The security forces attacked Mustafa Al-Shemi, a photographer in “Masrawy” website, and dragged him a long during covering the dispersal of Nahdet Misr sit-in, particularly after he had taken photos for charred corpses in the burnt tents nearby Cairo University. The police officers smashed his own camera and seized his iPad, then he was released.

– In Nahdet Misr square, the security bodies deleted all the photos taken by Mahmoud Dabees, a photographer in Al-Watan, and Abdel Nasser Nouri, a photographer in “Al-Badeel” website.

– Amr Saher, a photographer in Al-Masry Al-Youm, was attacked by the supporters of Muslim Brotherhood in Rabaa Al-Adawiy. He was threatened by white arms, in addition to seizing his camera and ID.

– The supporters of Muslim Brotherhood attacked Mohamed Shenh, a photographer in Al-Watan, during covering the incidents in Rabaa. He was detained then he escaped while the supporters were engaged by the police attack.

– A police officer threatened Abigail Hauslohner, correspondent for Washington Post, to shoot her leg in case of seeing her again covering the incidents.

– The Egyptian security forces arrested “Tom Finn”, correspondent for Reuters, during covering the dispersal of Rabaa sit-in. He was detained till the police deleted what he had shot then he was released.

– The security forces arrested Amr Diab, a photographer in Al-Watan, Ahmed Tarek, a free photographer, and Mohamed El-Hawari, reporter in “Sada El-Balad” website, outside Tiba Mall nearby Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in. They were detained for several hours and prevented from covering the dispersal of the sit-in.

– The police has seized all the photos that taken by Hamada El-Rasam, a photographer in “Al-Masry Al-Youm”, meanwhile, the photographer Hazem Barakat was attacked by the supporters of MB and his camera was stolen during covering the incidents.

– The Egyptian security forces arrested the reporter of “Al-Jazeera” channel, Abdallah Al-shamy, while covering the clashes in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information says “the security bodies and Muslim Brotherhood disagreed in everything but agreed on targeting the journalists and preventing them from doing their work and disseminate the truths they figured out over the violence in the Egyptian street now”

ANHRI regrets the continuation of violent acts that Egypt lives nowadays and demands the Egyptian bodies and Muslim Brotherhood to stop targeting the journalists and seizing their cameras, over and above considering that they are not a part in any violent conflict but they are doing their work and disseminate the truths.

ANHRI demanded the prosecutor general to conduct an urgent investigation of the violence incidents, targeting the journalists and disclosing those who are responsible for these incidents besides bringing them to a fair and transparent trial.