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Egypt: Journalist Dies From Gunshot Wounds; First Media Fatality

Cairo, Egypt
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At least 101 direct attacks have taken place on journalists.

Ahmad Mohamed Mahmoud, a journalist for state-owned Egyptian newspaper Al-Ta'awun has died from gunshot wounds, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

Mahmoud was the victim of sniper fire  as he filmed a confrontation between security forces and demonstrators in Cairo Jan. 28.   The CPJ reported Friday that "at least 101 direct attacks" have occurred against journalists.   "It is stupefying that the government continues to send out thugs and plainclothes police to attack journalists and to ransack media bureaus," Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, said in a statement.    Katayoun Beglari, who reports for the Voice of America, is among a group of journalists camped out in the Marriott Hotel in Cairo.    “We’re unable to leave the hotel because outside there are people with knives and guns and sticks,” she told The Hollywood Reporter by phone on Friday.  “The streets are run by gangs.”   Beglari said her cameraman had been beaten in the street a few days earlier, and a Swedish journalist had been knifed and forced to return home.    Even the Arabic-language news channel al-Jazeera has been attacked. On Friday its office in Cairo was burned along with the equipment inside and some of their reporters were arrested.   “The city we loved so much,” said Beglari, “the city that never sleeps, has turned into a war zone.”