Journalists detail on Twitter media attacks in Egypt

Fri Feb 4, 2011 9:47am EST

A member of the press lies on the ground after being attacked by mobs while soldiers surround him in Cairo, February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A member of the press lies on the ground after being attacked by mobs while soldiers surround him in Cairo, February 3, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Several international journalists are detailing on Twitter attacks on the media in Cairo.

Following are some of their recent Tweets:

Anderson Cooper (CNN): "Got roughed up by thugs in pro-mubarak crowd..punched and kicked repeatedly. Had to escape. Safe now ... Thanks for tweets of concern..I'm sore and head hurts but fine. Neil and mary anne are bruised but ok too. Thanks"

ABC News' Brian Hartman: "Just escaped after being carjacked at a checkpoint and driven to a compound where men surrounded the car and threatened to behead us ... One man who swore to kill us wore police uniform. Mubarak banner over the scene. But anger at perceived media bias was genuine."

Katie Couric (CBS): "Outside square Pro mubarak protestors very hostile...wouldn't let us shoot video, pushing etc another photog just got punched and maced ... It is pretty scary and unruly out there, but we're being very cautious."

Al-Jazeera's Dan Nolan: "2 sides faced off for 15mins, no violence just war of chants then kaboom! Don't know what exactly ignited it but boy did it turn ugly fast! ... Sorry for the radio silence guys but situation has become much worse in past 24hrs esp for media even more so for aljazeera!"

Independent Television News' Jonathan Rugman: "Morning from Cairo! Thugs we think are Mubarak secret police threatening journalists. Many turned back for safety ... One journalist punched in face, another stabbed in leg by pro-Mubarak thugs in Cairo this morning. On their way to hospital now ... Gunfire as anti Mubarak protestors push beyond their barricades ... Chant going up "the regime must cpme down" ... What I have not described is the constant chanting, shouting, beating of metal barricades - all night and all day."

Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey: "Please don't respond to my phone or BBM. This isn't me. My phone was confiscated by a thug of an officer who insults those who call."

Al-Jazeera's Anna-Lisa Fuglesang: "So I'm in what people are calling a war zone, journos with bandages on their heads. I on the other hand have got an eye infection ... Monday we were out filming freely talking to people on the streets. The atmosphere was good. Today we can't leave our hotel .. All the journos sitting in the hotel lobby have been moved away from the entrance. Rocks are being thrown close to the front door."

Christiane Amanpour (ABC): "Tried filming on bridge into sq. Mob surrounded us, chased us into car shouting that they hate America - kicked in doors & broke windshield ... In the pre-dawn hours, there was heavy shooting into the protesters & into that square, where women & children also had been all night."

BBC's Jon Williams: "Security situation in Cairo deteriorating. One BBC team detained by Presidential Guard, others roughed up by protestors. Tempers fraying..."

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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RealNeil wrote:
Dictator Mubarak is now trying anything to stay in power. Now that he knows he really doesn’t have anything to lose anymore. People will not accept him any longer and they will prevail. He will grow much more violent before this is done. Don’t give up people of Egypt.

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