Stakes are rising in a perilous way for journalists covering protests in Cairo.
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Injured Associated Press photographer Khalil Hanna retreats during clashes between anti-government demonstrators and their pro-government opponents in Cairo's Tahrir square on Thursday.
Photographers reported a string of attacks by Mubarak supporters near Tahrir Square, the scene of battles between supporters of Mubarak and protesters demanding he step down after nearly 30 years in power.
The Washington Post reported that its bureau chief and a photographer were among around two dozen journalists arrested by the interior ministry.
"We have heard from multiple witnesses that Leila Fadel, our Cairo bureau chief, and Linda Davidson, a photographer, were among two dozen journalists arrested this morning by the Egyptian Interior Ministry," the newspaper said on its website.
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Press photographers, including Associated Press photographer Khalil Hamra, left, take cover as they work during clashes in Cairo on Thursday, Feb. 3. Another day of heavy gunfire and clashes erupted around dusk in Tahrir Square, while new looting and arson spread around the capital. Gangs of thugs supporting President Hosni Mubarak attacked reporters, foreigners, and human rights workers while the army rounded up foreign journalists.
Associated Press reporter Hadeel Al-Shalchi said in a Twitter message Thursday that two New York Times journalists had been arrested. He earlier issued a warning, saying "Journos be careful: they are out for us today." (Read more...)
The common thread in all reports out of Cairo suggest a pervasive tension between demonstrators and working journalists, which can be heard in a video posted after CNN's Anderson Cooper was attacked yesterday.
"The government has been sowing hatred among the people of Egypt against journalists," said David Degner, an American freelance photojouranlist who has lived in Cairo the past two years.
He knows of at least five fellow journalists who have been beaten, had cameras stolen, or have had enough and just want to go home. Last night a journalist was beaten up and had his cameras stolen outside the door to Degner's apartment in downtown Cairo.
Despite the hazards, he continues to photograph. "Calls from friends in trouble are more concerning than the actual protests or the rocks falling around me.”
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Two foreign photographers take cover as they work to photograph clashes between protesters in downtown Cairo on Thursday, Feb. 3.
The Guardian reported that a Reuters television crew was beaten up early today close to Tahrir Square while filming a piece about shops and banks being forced to shut during the clashes.