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The violence against journalists continues in Egypt.
On Wednesday, Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were beaten and hospitalized in Cairo, the net announced.
“Greg Palkot and Olaf Wiig, his dedicated cameraman, were above Tahrir Square yesterday,” Fox News’ John Roberts said on the air Thursday. “They were forced to leave their position when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it, a large fire erupted. They were forced to flee. They ran out and ran right into the pro Mubarak crowd and were severely beaten and had to be taken to the hospital, spent the night in the hospital. The extent of their injuries was fairly grave, however, they have been released from the hospital.”
Fox News kept the news quiet until they were out of the hospital for their safety.
Wiig was taken hostage for two weeks in 2006 with correspondent Steve Centanni.
On Wednesday, Anderson Cooper was punched in the head 10 times near Tahrir Square.
“It was chaotic,” Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter during a brief phone interview from Cairo on Wednesday. “I’ve been in riots and melees before, but this is the first time that I’ve been in a situation that escalated to a level where we really had no control. Many people in the crowd came for a fight and that’s what they have.”
Christiane Amanpour‘s car also came under attack.
Said U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley a statement via Twitter, “There is a concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists in Cairo and interfere with their reporting. We condemn such actions.”
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