Streets of Egypt are dominated with anti and pro-Morsi supporters
Cairo – Arab Today
Several Egyptian journalists have been banned from covering public press conferences, others have been detained by security forces in recent days, many reports are suggesting.
Protesters supporting ousted president Mohammed Morsi assaulted a Sky News TV crew, whilst the correspondents were still inside their van.
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that Al-Jazeera and Turkish news agency Anadolu reporters were not allowed in the presidential palace to cover a press conference held by political adviser to interim president Adly Mansour.
The Turkish news agency was denied access to events after Mansour’s adviser criticised Turkey for supporting Morsi.
Several other journalists have been charged with disturbing national security. According to news reports, police detained four Al-Jazeera English correspondents on Thursday.
The Muslim Brotherhood also barred local news agencies from covering their press conferences for fear of providing them with information that could be used to attack the Brotherhood later on.
CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa Coordinator Sherif Mansour stated \"political conflict is taking a toll on the free flow of information. Denying access and intimidating journalists will only further enlarge Egypt\'s political divide.\"
The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) also commented on the situation of journalists in Egypt: “Attempting to involve media and media workers in the on-going political crisis could plague freedom of expression and the media during the transitional phase.”