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WATCH: Dozens of Journalists Attacked in Egypt -- Situation Not "Chaos," it's "Strategy"


ABC has compiled a comprehensive list of the dozens of journalists who have been attacked, detained, run out of their hotels or otherwise harassed by Mubarak's thugs in Egypt. The list includes ABC News international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, who "said that on Wednesday her car was surrounded by men banging on the sides and windows, and a rock was thrown through the windshield, shattering glass on the occupants"; two New York Timesjournalists who were “detained by military police overnight in Cairo and are now free"; two Fox News correspondents, who were hospitalized; two Al Jazeera reporters and a cameraman, who were assaulted near Tahir Square; and many other reporters and photographers from the U.S., Turkey, Greece, China, Iceland, Russia and France. CNN's Anderson Cooper and his crew were also attacked the other day -- Cooper was reportedly punched in the head and the window on his vehicle smashed. Last night, he filed a report from an undisclosed location in a dimly-lit room somewhere in Cairo and noted that he's "a little bit scared." (This coming from a man who's not new to unstable situations, having spent weeks in post-earthquake Haiti and post-Katrina New Orleans.)

On her show last night, Rachel Maddow provided some really excellent context for these attacks on journalists. She noted that "it's not fair to call what's happening on the streets of Egypt right now chaos. It is not fair to call it a crisis. It is not fair to say this is spiraling out of control. What is happening on the ground in Egypt is planned. It is a strategy. The Egyptian government is trying to stay in power. It is trying to beat a popular uprising against it and to hold onto power as long as it can. And in order to do that, the government has made a strategic decision to use violence to get its way." (Emphasis mine.)

She later quotes Timescolumnist Nicholas Kristoff, who tweeted yesterday, "Govt is trying to round up journalists. I worry about what it is they're planning that they don't want us to see."

Although the situation on this "Day of Departure" has so far been "largely peaceful," I think it's safe to say that we all worry about that.

Watch Maddow's segment here:

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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at February 4, 2011, 4:47am

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