Journalists protest in Cairo, demand protection during coverage

Thursday 17-04-2014 02:46 PM
Journalists protest in Cairo, demand protection during coverage

Scores take part in a protest to denounce the arrest of political activists and to demand their release on December 23, 2013 - Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya


CAIRO, April 17 (Aswat Masriya) Dozens of journalists held a vigil outside the Journalist's Syndicate on Thursday while carrying pens and cameras. They demanded protection against "being targeted during their coverage of news."

Some of the protesting journalists carried white shrouds stained with red, as a metaphor for blood.

They chanted against the Interior Ministry and accused it of deliberately targeting journalists during their field work.

Syndicate board members Diaa Rashwan and Khaled Balshi particpated in the vigil, but Rashwan was unwelcomed by some of the protesters, reported CBC channel.

Two journalists were wounded last week during clashes that broke out between pro-Muslim Brotherhood students and security forces near Cairo University.

At least ten journalists were killed during covering protests or clashes in the past few months.

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