CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab announced he would supervise the investigations into the shooting of two reporters during Monday clashes in front of Cairo university between the security forces and university students, reported Youm7.
In a Monday phone call to Al-Nahar TV, Mahlab said he condemned targeting reporters and assured the “reliability and the neutrality” of the judiciary.
Khaled Hussein, a reporter works for Youm7, Amr Abdel Fatah, a photojournalist from Sada el-Balad, were both hit with a live bullets to the chest, Head of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority Ahmed el-Ansary told Youm7 Monday.
A 20-year old student died and four others were injured in the clashes, which erupted between security forces and pro-Muslim Brotherhood students in front of Cairo University.
Egyptian journalists have faced notable danger and violence while covering the frequent pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests that are usually accompanied by clashes with the security forces; at least six have died since the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi.
Following the death of a journalist Mayada Ashraf, 22, of Al-Dostor newspaper who was killed while covering similar clashes, Chairman of the Journalists’ Syndicate Diaa Rashwan called on the Ministry of Interior to provide field reporters with bulletproof vests while on the job.
Following the injury of the two reporters, Rashwan called on media outlets to permanently freeze field coverage, according to Al-Shorouq newspaper.
Director of Ibn Khaldun Center for Democratic Studies Dalia Ziada condemned the frequent targeting of reporters and called on the stake holders to open immediate investigations to arrest the perpetrators.
“Reporters endanger their lives to unveil the violations of pro-Muslim Brotherhood thus the government should protect them,” said Ziada on her Twitter account.
Egypt was ranked as the 3rd most deadly country for journalists by the Committee to Protect Journalists in a December 2013 report.