A veteran cameraman for the Britain-based news network Sky News was among the hundreds of people killed in Cairo on Wednesday. Other journalists described close calls in the streets, and several were detained by local authorities. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/world/middleeast/cameraman-for-british-network-is-killed-in-cairo.html?ref=world&_r=0 Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, a reporter for Xpress, a newspaper based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was also killed. Several other journalists were wounded by gunfire during the crackdown, including an unidentified A.P. photographer, who was able to resume work, and a Reuters photographer, Asmaa Waguih, who was shot in the foot.
It was not immediately clear whether the reporters were targeted. Several others, including the Cairo bureau chief of The Washington Post, Abigail Hauslohner, suggested that the security forces disregarded their status as witnesses, not protesters.
In a first-person account published on The Post’s Web site, Ms. Hauslohner said she and two of her colleagues were told by a police officer, “If I see you again, I’ll shoot you in the leg.”
Mike Giglio, a reporter for Newsweek and The Daily Beast in Cairo, said he was assaulted and arrested by the police despite it being evident to them he was a working journalist. “I think a big part of this is the product of the rabid information wars going on right now: Western journalists, and America in general, are being portrayed as enemies — by politicians, by anti-Morsi activists and in the state and private media,”
“People are being told not to trust the international press, because what it’s reporting doesn’t always fit with the government’s media narrative, and that narrative is extremely important to them right now. I think this is fueling intense paranoia and anger toward the international media in Egypt, and I think I saw an effect of that today, whatever else may have also been at play.”