The Committee to Protect Journalists is reporting that one journalist is dead, another has been raped, and at least seven others have been attacked while covering the protests in Egypt.
Over the weekend, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to demand President Mohamed Morsi’s resignation, and it has created a chaotic atmosphere. On Saturday, Salah al-Din Hassan, a 37-year-old reporter with the news website Shaab Masr (Egyptian People), was killed by a homemade bomb. That same day a group of journalists was hit with molotov cocktails, beaten, and had all of their equipment destroyed. Sunday the attacks continued, with unknown assailants chanting anti-media slogans. Today, it was reported that a 22-year-old Dutch TV reporter was raped while covering the protests.
“Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have fostered an atmosphere where journalists are attacked with impunity,” said Sherif Mansour, the CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa coordinator, in a statement. “We call on all sides to respect the safety of the media and urge journalists to take precautions for their security in this dangerous climate.”