New York, May 11, 2006—
The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Egyptian police and security officers assaulted several journalists covering protests today in support of two judges facing dismissal for criticizing last year’s parliamentary elections. Several journalists detained while covering similar protests last month are still being held.
Plainclothes police and security officers beat and detained Abeer al-Askary, a journalist for the independent weekly Al-Dustour
, according to two CPJ sources. Al-Askary was set to interview several lawyers and judges at the Bar Association this morning. When she arrived, those sources said, several men grabbed her, took her to an area where security vehicles were parked, and beat her.