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AnOhioan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:07 PM
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Anyone know why live cameras are not longer active at Tahrir Square?
Al Jazeera had one (or more) there the last few days...now just still pictures and phone interviews with correspondents.
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Arrowhead2k1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:08 PM
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1. The government shut them all down.
Brian Williams and Katie Couric have also left the country.
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:10 PM
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2. Equipment was confiscated. nt
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PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:13 PM
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3. Because the counter-revolution won't be televised... n/t
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:13 PM
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4. Gangs of Thugs hunting journalists in Cairo. Big crackdown of the media Thurs. Cairo
More news here:

***** EGYPT Live Blog ***** Al Jazeera English - Feb. 4 *****
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Please help with this live blog. We can't all be online all the time.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:15 PM
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5. They're at the Hilton (.75 km away) but Tahrir Sq is still visible...
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:22 PM
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8. They being the cameras?
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 08:03 PM
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12. yes
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:17 PM
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6. Because Mubarak is tring to figure out a way to kill these people and get away with it.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:25 PM
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10. EXACTLY nt
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:20 PM
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7. They have harassed them into having to go into hiding nt
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jannyk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:23 PM
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9. Many Journalists have been stabbed, beaten and kidnapped
in the past 24 hours. Reuters building was attacked and so was the Hilton (where many Journo's are hunkered down). Much equipment smashed or confiscated. All out war on Journalists - just too risky right now.


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2349: Swedish broadcaster SVT confirms that reporter Bert Sundstroem has been stabbed in Cairo, saying: "He is now at a hospital in Cairo and is being operated on for knife injuries."

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2344: Two of America's prime-time news anchors, NBC's Brian Williams and CBS's Katie Couric, have left Egypt amid a crackdown on the media covering the protests. They have been anchoring their nightly broadcasts from Cairo for several days.

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1913: Nadia El-Awady, a journalist in Cairo tweets: "Mass harassment of journalists in Egypt today and yesterday must not go unnoticed. This is what the current Egypt regime represents."

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1823: Bel, a British freelance journalist in Cairo, says foreigners have had to go into hiding: "Anyone who is a journalist has been attacked, and if you're a foreigner the same problem is happening. I have now had to move into hiding, keeping away from windows, keeping away from any of the action and reducing my visibility online."

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1654: Iran's al-Alam TV reports that "a group of thugs" has beaten up one of their crews in Alexandria, and intelligence agents have confiscated their equipment.

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1620: BBC World tweets: "Egyptian security seize BBC equipment at Cairo Hilton in attempt to stop us broadcasting."

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1617: New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweets: "Govt is trying to round up journalists. I worry about what it is they're planning that they don't want us to see."

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1502: Al-Arabiya reporting that Mubarak supporters have stormed hotels in Cairo, chasing foreign journalists.

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1419: Al-Alam correspondent: "Premises of satellite channels, including al-Alam TV channel office, evacuated in Cairo following a threat to set in on fire."

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1330: US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J Crowley tweets: "There is a concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists in #Cairo and interfere with their reporting. We condemn such actions." - confirming the earlier Reuters report

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1328: Reuters journalist Simon Hanna tweets: Gang of thugs stormed the VideoCairo/Reuters building,started smashing windows+doors,army came up to help.we managed to escape #egypt #jan25

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1218: Three Polish journalists covering the unrest in Cairo have been detained by police, AFP quotes Polish Television TVP as saying. Two other TVP journalists who were detained and then released said police "took all our documents, all our equipment and then destroyed our camera", before handing them over to the army who released them.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698
and many more reported elsewhere....

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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:45 PM
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11. also this site has shockingly long long list of all the reporters who were attacked
A highly organized sweep of attacks on ALL reporters, of all countries, happened, hotel rooms broken into, equipment destroyed. This was planned to drive all news coverage out of the country.
And THAT has ugly implications.
Only Twitter is still working.

http://abcworldnews.tumblr.com/post/3089328425/weve-com...
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Inuca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 08:06 PM
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13. To add to your list
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