CAIRO: Spokesperson of the Forensic Medical Authority Hisham Abdelhamid told Youm7 on Tuesday that the cause of death of the Dar Al-Uloom student who was killed Monday was a gunshot to his back.
The student was killed during the clashes that erupted on Monday between Cairo University students and security forces.
Abdelhamid said that the bullet went through the back, causing him to bleed into the chest cavity, which led to his death.
Meanwhile, the Press Syndicate sent a representative to the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday to receive 30 bulletproof vests to protect journalists during coverage of clashes, reported Youm7.
Head of Press Syndicate Diaa Rashwan told The Cairo Post that the syndicate sent letters to more than 150 Egyptian newspapers and magazines over the last ten days, requesting that they provide the syndicate with a list of journalists who cover clashes and protests.
“Only three newspapers have responded to our request, which are Al-Ahram, Al-Masaeya andAl-Shaab, who provided us with a list of their journalists who cover clahses,” Rashwancontinued.
“This way the syndicate will not be able to distribute bulletproof vests to the journalists who need them,” Rashwan said, adding that newspapers must be aware that it is against the law to send untrained and unappointed journalists to cover dangerous clashes.
“Newspapers should not allow young journalists onto the streets without providing them with their basic rights, such as training and contracts,” he said.
Rashwan urged journalists to cooperate with the Press Syndicate, instead of criticizing it, in order to work towards obtaining their rights.
“The bulletproof vests will be received in batches. We received 30 bulletproof vests on Tuesday and are expecting 70 more vests in upcoming period,” he said.
Amr al-Sayed, a photojournalist for Sada el-Balad, and Khaled Hussein, a reporter for Youm7 were both shot on Monday while covering clashes between students and security forces at Cairo University.