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Thu August 29, 2013
Foreign journalists risk attack, charges of bias in Egypt
Since the military takeover in Egypt last month, journalists have been attacked from all sides of the conflict. When security forces shot Tamer Abdel-Raouf at a military checkpoint a week ago, the Egyptian daily newspaper reporter became the fifth journalist to die on the job. On that same day, authorities raided a Turkish news agency and arrested its bureau chief.
Many foreign journalists have been detained, attacked and some have been killed. And the international press is also under verbal attack, slammed with accusations of bias against the military leadership, or even bias against ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his supporters.
Is there truth to the accusations that foreign correspondents lack objectivity and are ignoring the real story in Egypt? To find out, Global Journalist spoke to an advocate for journalists, and the author of a book on Egypt.
Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, the Committee to Protect Journalists
Adel Iskandar, author of Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution