Press Syndicate requests Interior Min. provide journalists with body armors
Diaa Rashwan - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: Press Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan filed a request Saturday to Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim to provide journalists who cover clashes with body armor and helmets, an Interior Ministry official told Youm7.

On Friday, journalist Mayada Ashraf, 22, a reporter for Al-Dostor newspaper was killed by a live bullet while covering clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Ain Shams district.

Press Syndicate council member Khaled el-Balshy told The Cairo Post Saturday that protecting journalists is a joint responsibility between the syndicate, press institutions, and national security.

According to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists, Egypt ranks ninth in both journalists’ deaths and arrests across the world.

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights stated that the number of journalists killed during their work since the January 25 Revolution increase to 10 with the death of Ashraf. She is the seventh journalist victim since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Additional reporting by Ibrahim Ahmed, Nourhan Magdi and Mohamed Ghamrawy.

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