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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Foreign journalists arrested, attacked in Egypt State Department condemns intimidation campaign; cell phone company complains its network was used by government

The U.S. State Department condemned Thursday attempts to intimidate journalists covering the protests in Egypt, after several were reportedly arrested.
"There is a concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists in Cairo and interfere with their reporting. We condemn such actions," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement issued via Twitter.
Foreign photographers reported a string of attacks on them Thursday morning by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak near Cairo's central Tahrir Square. One Greek photographer was stabbed in the leg.
AP reporter Hadeel Al-Shalchi said in a Twitter message Thursday that two New York Times journalists had been arrested. He earlie

American journalist Lauren E. Bohn said in a tweet that she had received a "Call from source telling us orders have been issued to arrest journos. We're staying in secure location, filing stories."

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