May 1, 2014

‘They’re going to attack us’: Al Jazeera on the front lines of Egypt’s revolution

Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt faced particular danger reporting on the revolution. From his new book, Scott Bridges reports on one hairy encounter with protesters.

In Alexandria, Egypt, during the 2011 protests, Al Jazeera English’s Rawya Rageh and her team found themselves in an extremely dangerous situation.

“As I’m doing the live shot, we suddenly see a group of people joining or marching onto the square,” Rageh remembers. “It transpires that this is actually a pro-[then-Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak crowd approaching the protesters in the square, and we’re like, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, this can’t end well’. And sure enough, they arrive to the square and the clashes began, they start attacking the [anti-Mubarak] protesters with firebombs, with sticks, with stones, and this is all being taken live, and obviously the [news] desk goes crazy over it.”

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  1. Madison

    Sad part is the apartment owners are probably still there and now the thugs know what they did in hiding the journos. All in a story huh? Anyone in the Middle East will tell you Al Jazeera is mouthpiece of Qatar.

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