For those who missed it, the national SPJ issued a statement about harassment and beatings of journalists during the 18 days of demonstrations in Cairo.
The Society of Professional Journalists and its International Journalism Committee strongly condemn recent attacks on and detainment of journalists covering protests in Egypt.
“We urge Egyptians within the government and outside it to demonstrate their support of those who simply seek to tell the truth in this historic time for their nation,” SPJ President Hagit Limor said. “We condemn any violence against or arrests of journalists and other attempts to hinder reporting.”
Additionally, all governments in the region, including Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen, should realize that attacks on the press, openness and peaceful assembly only serve to undermine their legitimacy. All people deserve to be heard and to know unfiltered news. Heavy-handed tactics to control information and intimidate those who report it only amplify dissatisfaction, as the situation in Egypt shows.