A number of international journalists were the victims of harassment, arrest or physical attack in Cairo on Thursday.
Swedish television’s Bert Sundstrom is in a serious condition after being stabbed several times. The perpetrators appear to be Mubarak supporters, angry at the image of their country being projected around the world. They believe the media are too supportive of the anti-government protesters.
Euronews’ Luis Carballo has also reported being harassed by the authorities and ordered from his hotel.
More than 100 foreign reporters were attacked or detained.
A German camera crew and correspondent Dieter Ossenberg from ZDF had to abandon their hotel balcony when it was raked with a laser gunsight. It was so dangerous many journalists refused to go outside on Thursday. Those that did took their lives in their hands.
“All of the attacks have been done by pro-Mubarak partisans with plain clothes policemen among them, some of them military,” said Gilles Lordet, Director of Operations for Reporters Without Borders.