Press Syndicate to mourn journalist killed in Friday clashes
Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf - YOUM7 (Archive)
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: The Press Syndicate will hold a day mourning the death of journalist Mayada Ashraf, who was shot Friday while covering Ain Shams University protests, Diaa Rashwan, the syndicate’s head, told Youm7 Saturday.

According to forensic reports, headshots caused the death of Ashraf, a 22-year-old  Al-Dostor newspaper reporter.

Mayada was laid to rest in her hometown in Menoufiya Governorate on Saturday, morning.

The Ministry of Interior had released a statement Friday saying five people were killed in Ain Shams clashes, blaming the Brotherhood for the deaths. However, the National Alliance to Support  Legitimacy accused police officers of killing Ashraf.

The syndicate sent a lawyer to attend ongoing investigations, Rashwan told Youm7 Saturday.

Journalists who attended the funeral demanded a fair investigation into Mayada’s killing,  Al-Bawaba News reported Saturday.

A number of journalists also called for Saturday protests in front of the Press Syndicate to condemn the killing of Ashraf.

“Let the killing of Mayada Ashraf herald the start of an uprising by young journalists. We invite all fellow journalists to participate in protests against the killing of our colleague,” the journalists wrote on Facebook.

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the government Friday to open an independent investigation into Ashraf’s death.

Commenting on Ashraf’s death, Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current, tweeted Friday that “the government should be responsible for maintaining the safety of journalists on job.”

The Arab Human Rights Organization is mourning the death of Ashraf, MENA reported Hassan Moussa, chairperson of the organization, as saying Saturday.

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