Monday 7 February 2011

NUJ backs demo tomorrow at Egyptian embassy

NUJ members are being urged to join a TUC demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in London tomorrow to support journalists who have been attacked covering the civil unrest in Egypt.

The NUJ said: "Journalists have a job to do and they have the right to be able to report safely without being punched, kicked or arrested."

The demonstration at the Egyptian Embassy, 26 South Street, Westminster, London W1K 1DW, is from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

The first journalist killed in the social unrest in Egypt is Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud who died in hospital in Cairo from injuries sustained after he was shot in the eye by a sniper on Monday last week.

The journalist, aged 39, worked for the A’wada newspaper, a part of the Al Ahram media group. His death comes after a week of continuing unrest that has seen journalists and media staff among those targeted by groups loyal to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

“This loss is the inevitable tragedy and consequence of reckless violence and confrontation,” said Aidan White, general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists “We send our condolences to Ahmed’s family and to all Egyptian colleagues.


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