CAIRO: Photojournalists should refrain from covering Friday demonstrations because of the lack of protection from media institutions, the photojournalists division at the Press Syndicate requested in a Thursday statement.
The statement was issued in support of the demands of a large number of photojournalists who met Wednesday to announce a strike on Friday.
In the same statement, the divisions demanded that media institutions abide by the collective decision of the photojournalists, and not pressure them to cover expected protests on Friday.
Further, it noted that international news agencies ordered their photojournalists not to stop covering incidents in Egypt due to the gravity of the situation. It added that, “The insurance companies stopped providing insurances for the journalists, and the security apparatus have failed to protect journalists and photojournalists, and sometimes assault them.”
The death of a 23-year-old female Al-Dostor reporter, Mayada Ashraf, last Friday raised questions among many journalists with regards to the lack of protection and training received by journalists sent into the field.
“A journalist’s death should not be used to settle political scores; the focus should be on the journalists’ rights to safely cover events in Egypt,” the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Middle East and North Africa program coordinator Sherif Mansour said in a report on March 28.
In December, the CPJ listed Egypt among the top three deadliest countries for journalists in 2013.