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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 01:05 PM
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(US-based Egyptian) Journalist Mona Eltahawy alleges sexual assault in Egypt detention
Edited on Thu Nov-24-11 01:25 PM by Turborama
Source: The Guardian

US-based Egyptian journalist uses Twitter to describe sexual and physical assault she says took place at the interior ministry

Shiv Malik | Thursday November 24 2011 10.18 GMT

The US-based Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy has been released, according to her personal Twitter account, after 12 hours in detention at the hands of Cairo security forces. A later tweet from the account @monaeltahawy said that she was sexually and physically assaulted while being held inside the interior ministry in Cairo, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A US embassy representative in Cairo told the Guardian that the reports of her detention were "very concerning" and that "US embassy consulate officers are engaging Egyptian authorities".

At 10:30am on Thursday, the former Reuters Middle East correspondent who has been lauded for her recent coverage of the Egyptian uprising, began tweeting that she had spent 12 hours in detention under the authority of interior ministry and military intelligence officials and that she had suffered a serious sexual assault by up to half a dozen members of the Egyptian security forces. She also said that she had been kept blindfolded for hours and also posted a picture of her severely bruised hand and then both her arms in casts.

She also thanked supporters after #freemona began trending around the world on Twitter.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/24/journalist-...



Mona's latest article for the Guardian was published last Friday and was about the "Naked Blogger" and condemned the military for sexually assaulting female prisoners (coincidence?): http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/18/egy...

Here's Mona in January predicting the downfall of Mubarak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsn-xeub2dE
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 01:57 PM
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1. CNN interview VIDEO: Journalist describes her assault in Egypt (5:23)
American-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy describes her assault at the hands of uniformed Egyptian riot police. Nov 24, 2011 | 05:23

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2011/11/24/idesk-elt...

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LiberalLovinLug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 02:16 PM
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2. Good luck to Egypt and its second wave revolution
They got rid of the tyrants. But the military elite will be a much harder challenge. They are afraid that their past crimes will be prosecuted if they give up power which of course they should be.
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Bosonic Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 08:29 AM
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4. Journalists sexually assaulted covering Egypt unrest
CAIRO Two female foreign journalists on Thursday described harrowing sexual assaults carried out by crowds or police as they tried to cover demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy said she was sexually assaulted by police during hours under detention after taking part in protests on the sprawling square that has become a landmark of the Arab Spring.

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Later, a French journalist working for public television channel France 3, said she had been violently beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the protests.

Caroline Sinz told AFP that she and her cameraman, Salah Agrabi, had been confronted in a road leading from Tahrir to the interior ministry, the scene of days of deadly clashes between police and protesters demanding democratic change.

"We were filming in Mohammed Mahmud street when we were mobbed by young people who were about 14 or 15," said Sinz.

The journalist and her cameraman were then dragged by a group of men towards Tahrir Square where they became separated, she said.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h9r5...
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ShockediSay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 08:29 AM
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5. I vote stealth drones & not necessarily by us nt
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 08:29 AM
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6. Journalist Mona Eltahawy tells of sex assault in Cairo ministry
Edited on Fri Nov-25-11 02:11 AM by JCMach1
Source: The Guardian

...US-Egyptian writer says she had bones broken in both wrists by security officials after arrest near Tahrir Square...

The prominent US-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy has described a brutal sexual and physical assault that she says she suffered after being arrested by Egyptian riot police during a 12-hour ordeal inside Cairo's interior ministry.

Eltahawy, who writes for publications including the Guardian and the Toronto Star, says she had bones broken in both wrists by security officials, who also grabbed her breasts and genitals.

The award-winning Eltahawy, 44, told her story in a series of tweets at the time of her arrest and after her release...

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/24/journalist-...



Horrific... nothing has changed in Egypt. This is rather personal for me as I have been following and at times tweeting back and forth with her since before the revolution. This absolutely has sickened me.
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