Why Are Journalists Being Attacked In Egypt?

If you think that the protesters are just another bunch of Arabs fighting in the streets.

If you think they are stupid, violent foreigners.

If you have heard about them being religious extremist trying to impose some sort of Islamist regime on the rest of the world.

If you don’t care about Egypt or its people. Don’t give a damn and fail to see how it’s relavent to you life.

If your only concern about the news from Egypt this last nine days has been for the pyramids and the antiquities.

If you don’t know much about what’s going on but would like to.

Even if you do.

Please, do one thing for me. Watch this. I think it’s important that we know what’s going on. That we bear witness to the what is happening to these people regardless of how busy and fraught our own lives are.

It wont take many minutes out of your life and it’s worth it. I promise.

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16 Comments on Why Are Journalists Being Attacked In Egypt?

  1. JulieB
    February 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm (5 years ago)

    For some reason the video is not playing ball for me, but I’ll try and come back later.

    • Heather
      February 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm (5 years ago)

      Try it on the site

      might work better. :)

  2. Foodie Mummy
    February 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm (5 years ago)

    Wonderful post Heather (again!). Stating the obvious but making it all so clear. It’s great to see an American Network getting it right, no scaremongering etc. A pity it took a massive crackdown on journalism and blatant attempt to shut them up to get to pieces like this one though.

    • Heather
      February 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you. It is indeed refreshing to see no scaremongering and rumour spreading. I agree though, such a shame it had to involve the hurting of westerners before we got this sort of reporting.

      Thank God for AlJeezra for proper reporting throughout the whole thing

  3. Steve
    February 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm (5 years ago)

    Quality journalism – at last. Doesn’t happen often but when it does… wow.

  4. Iso
    February 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch much before people noticed I was watching online video instead of working. But on this topic, does anyone really know what was happening when Egypt were blocking the aid convoys to Gaza not so long ago? Does anyone know much about why aid convoys are even needed there? And if the answer is no, then you cannot blame a news blackout, just a general reluctance by news sites/news papers to report it, at least in the UK. When the press *have* freedom to report, they don’t always want to use it.

    I think that’s why it’s very important to have people blogging and commenting on these issues to raise awareness.

  5. Iota
    February 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm (5 years ago)

    I did watch it. Thanks for putting this stuff out there, and prodding us to take an interest.

  6. helloitsgemma
    February 6, 2011 at 12:08 am (5 years ago)

    The Guardian has today repaired attacks on journalists, as described here (it may have reported it before but I read the paper on a Saturday). However, this piece puts it into a much stronger framework.
    Thanks for sharing this. On a lighter note, I loved the Igloo houses, just beautiful!

    • helloitsgemma
      February 6, 2011 at 12:08 am (5 years ago)

      that should be reported not repaired sorry, the computer thinks its smarter than me (it probably is)

  7. Very Bored in Catalunya
    February 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm (5 years ago)

    A brilliant piece of journalism and a spectacular own goal from Mubarak. And good for you for putting this video here. x

  8. Claudia
    February 16, 2011 at 4:28 am (5 years ago)

    I don’t get it…
    Lara Hogan got sexually attacked and brutally beaten by MOBS, the the military, the Egyptian government, helped her.
    Am I mistaken?
    If so, why did Lara get attacked, if the mobbs attacked her, when supposedly the Egyptian army is the one trying to stop journalism?

    • Heather
      February 16, 2011 at 8:56 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Claudia. I can understand the confusion. The military was a separate thing from the government. the government sent out it’s police and secret police who did the beating etc but were overwhelmed by the protesters. when they retreated from the streets suddenly mobs of pro government protesters appeared (the police but without the uniforms and other people paid by the government to attack the protestors) and started attacking the protesters. This is when the army appeared. These are the mobs that were attacking journalists, not the protesters who wanted the journalists to show what was happening.

      However after a lot of propaganda by the government (they own the newspapers and TV channels in Egypt) some of the protesters also started to fear journalists – they were told that journalists were spies, that they were trying to bring egypt down etc.

      The army stayed neutral throughout the protests, there to protect people from violence not take sides. It wasn’t under the command of the President and most of the protesters in Egypt greeted the army with cheers and celebration when they came on to the streets.

      As it stands now the president is gone and the country is working towards elections that will bring it democracy for the first time in over 30 years.

  9. Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up)
    February 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm (5 years ago)

    It’s incredible how people become so inhuman trying to remain in power. The dominos are now falling in the Middle East…i hope it won’t be as horrifying as what happened in Egypt.

  10. Coolwhipmom
    February 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm (5 years ago)

    I have a very close friend who grew up in Egypt and whose husband is also Egyptian. It has been interesting to hear their point of view about what’s been happening over there. It is astonishing and sad what some governments will stoop to, in order to retain power. I can only hope that the new government will truly be a democratic one where the people can actually participate in choosing what kind of leaders they want for their country.


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