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Egyptian Journalist Shahira Amin Resigns To Protest Mubarak’s Murderousness And Censorship

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 4, 2011

From Australia’s ABC’s Mark Colvin’s interview with Amin:

SHAHIRA AMIN: Actually it was a spur of the moment decision. I was on my way to work as normal yesterday morning and I had to pass very near Tahrir Square and I heard the chants of the protesters. You know my heart felt so heavy because I’ve been under tension these past few days. The fact that we weren’t able to cover the story, we weren’t even allowed to go to Tahrir Square to see what’s happening and this is history in the making in my country.

This is happening in my own backyard and I felt that my hands were tied because we were clearly instructed not to go and the only story we were covering were the pro-Mubarak rallies that were taking place, totally ignoring what was happening in Tahrir.

So I just felt suffocated as a journalist. I felt like, you know, I was in a close space that was closing in on me and I decided to get out of the car and walk into Tahrir Square and spend the day there and I sent my boss a message saying I wouldn’t be back in that building again.


MARK COLVIN: And what kind of stories were you having to report on before that?

SHAHIRA AMIN: Over the past few days we were basically either covering the pro-Mubarak rallies or interviewing officials or reading out press releases from the Interior Ministry which were questionable. On the very first day the press release from the Interior Ministry said that these protests had been organised by the Muslim Brotherhood which wasn’t the case.

You know as well as I do that it was the young activists, the internet users, the 6th of April Movement and the We Are All Khaled Saeed Group which is named after the young man from Alexandria who was brutally beaten to death by police, Khaled Saeed.

So these were the organisers and they’re the ones who have been in Tahrir Square making very legitimate demands. They showed us the way, these young people. They’re very inspirational. They have the courage and resilience and I wanted to follow their lead.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on February 4, 2011

All sunbeams belong to the cat.

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