Media personnel targeted by military violence in Tahrir Square

first_img December 19, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Media personnel targeted by military violence in Tahrir Square Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the military’s indiscriminate crackdown on demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the systematic use of violence against media personnel during the past three days.The chaos in and around Tahrir Square is obstructing access to information, so it is impossible to say exactly how many journalists have been the victims of abuses. The following summary of cases is far from exhaustive.The premises being used temporarily by the Cairo News Company, a TV news agency and production company, in the 8th floor of the Ismailiya Hotel (which is beside Tahrir Square) was raided on 17 December by about 30 soldiers in civilian dress, who behaved violently and threw cameras and other equipment of the window. A CNC source put the damage at around 100,000 dollars but said no one was injured. The CNC was previously targeted by the military in 2008 and during the demonstrations in February 2011.Tom Dale, a freelance photographer based in the same hotel, reported that he and two colleagues saw a member of the armed forces enter their room and steal two cameras.The headquarters of the Egyptian satellite TV station ON TV was raided by the armed forces while it was broadcasting a report on the violence in Tahrir Square. Several cameras were confiscated.CBC’s broadcasting from Cairo was interrupted. Al-Jazeera’s broadcasting was also interrupted by soldiers who destroyed or damaged cameras. The station’s Cairo representative was arrested and held for two hours.Two women journalists working for the independent Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, Shima Adel and Sara Nureddin, were briefly detained while covering the events in Tahrir Square.US journalist Joseph Mayton, the editor of the Bikiya Masr website, was physically attacked by military police while covering the demonstrations on 18 December. In a post yesterday on the website, he described in detail how he was roughed up and threatened while being for more than 10 hours.Amr Saeed, a reporter for the Lebanese daily Al-Nahar, sustained an eye injury when he was attacked while covering clashes on Qasr Al-Ayni Street.Hassan Shaheen, a journalist and activist with the 6 April Movement, was attacked by soldiers when he showed his press accreditation, and was hit in the face and several parts of his body.Ashraf Al-Wardani, a journalist with the pro-government newspaper Al-Masaiya, was briefly detained and beaten near the parliament building.A journalist with the Masrawy website was held for five hours by soldiers who confiscated the photos he had taken.A crew with the French radio station France Culture that had come to Cairo to interview the writer Alaa Al-Aswany was attacked by baltajiyas (pro-government militiamen). Shortly after their arrival in their hotel, the Ismailiya Hotel, they began recording the violence of the soldiers against demonstrators in the nearby Tahrir Square. Half an hour later, they were attacked and beaten by militiamen, who destroyed part of what they had recorded.Reporters Without Borders calls on the Egyptian authorities to put an immediate stop to the violence against media personnel. Organisation Help by sharing this informationcenter_img News RSF_en last_img read more

Hidden Treasury

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Maybe it’s time to lower our expectations for Kobe Bryant

first_img“I give myself an F,” Bryant said when asked to grade himself.That is a harsh piece of self-criticism, to be sure.“I’m insanely critical,” Bryant said. “There’s a bunch of things I messed up on.”An even harsher truth is Bryant still has a long way to go before truly returning.If he ever does at all. LOS ANGELES >> As far as first steps go, it was clearly more of the baby variety than one giant leap for mankind.But then, it would have been a mistake to actually think Kobe Bryant would simply return to the Lakers eight months after rupturing an Achilles tendon and simply pick up right where he left off.No matter how much we wanted to see Bryant soar and glide and cut and pivot and slice up the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, that was about as likely as Dwight Howard winning a free-throw shooting contest.As evidenced by the nine points Bryant scored and the eight turnovers he committed in 28 mostly unsettled minutes. If so it will take a combination of things lining up, first and foremost the Achilles holding up and allowing him be the player he once was but also Bryant being confident enough in the rebuilt tendon to push it as hard as necessary.He admits he isn’t quite there yet mentally,“I’m still not sure exactly what I can do,” Bryant said. “You have to test it out. You have to keep pushing and pushing and then make adjustments and corrections.”None of which should be a surprise, no matter how much we hoped otherwise. He’s coming back from the sort of injury that ends careers, not one that temporarily diverts them.This isn’t the knee pain he’s grimaced through for years or the deformed finger injury he gallantly played through when most mortals would have immediately succumbed.It is the reconstruction of a vital tendon and a rehabilitation process normally timed in a year rather than months. And while the Hollywood crowd that showed up at Staples Center pined for one of those epic blockbusters they’re so accustomed to developing, even they’ll tell you no matter how much heart and soul and money you pour into a project, your chances of dropping a dud on the audience is just as high as delivering a smash hit.That isn’t to say Bryant bombed in his first game back, just that we might need to recalibrate our expectations.The fact he returned to the court as quickly as he did is the real achievement, and how well the Achilles held up after nearly 30 minutes and how good Bryant felt afterward are important markers to build upon.As far as the actual re-birth of the Kobe Bryant we all remember, well, that is going to take some time.If it ever happens at all.Bryant turned actual human on us that night he painfully limped off the court against the Golden State Warriors, the impenetrable shield he forever played with indefinitely suspended by a devastating injury.And Sunday was simply a continuation of that actuality as Bryant remained grounded most of the night while doing more probing and passing than flying, a bit thrown off by the speed of the game and not quite on the same page with the nearly rebuilt team around him.He didn’t take over as much as he tried to blend in.The man who could get off any shot at anytime spent as much time looking for teammates as he did his own shot.The Lakers played better without him than they did with him.And even when he returned to the floor late in the game and the Lakers creeping closer to the Raptors, he was more supporting cast than leading man.It was strange and odd and even a bit disconcerting.We are so used to seeing Bryant own these moments or conquering whatever obstacle is placed in his path. But it’s the new reality for Bryant, at least through this stage of his comeback.The most poignant element is how unsure he seemed of himself and his capabilities.How reluctant he seemed to just unleash.The last time Bryant was uncertain about his own ability?Or apprehensive and tentative?How about never.But get used to it.It was only two days ago Bryant felt comfortable enough to actually play in a game again.It’s going to take weeks before he’s confident enough to push his Achilles to the limit, or the level he needs to be the player we remember.Sunday was not that day, as the 2-for-9 shooting and eight turnovers proved.“This was a complete failure to me,” Bryant said.One he is determined to grow from.“I can’t wait to start watching the film and start criticizing everything,” Bryant said. “But that’s the exciting part. The exciting part is that you have a challenge, you have improvements to make. And you sit and watch them and break them down and get ready for the next game and take it from there.”No matter how much we wished for all that to come together Sunday, that wasn’t realistic.The hope now is that it happens at some point.But even that remains in [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more