When Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporter Robert Tait
into custody by Egyptian authorities at a police checkpoint near central
Cairo on February 4, he didn't know he'd become witness to torture. But, cuffed
and blindfolded for 28 hours, Tait heard and saw beatings and electrocutions. "My
experience, while highly personal, wasn't really about me or the foreign media,"
writes in the U.K. Guardian. " It
was about gaining an insight--if that is possible behind a blindfold--into the
inner workings of the Mubarak regime." It is exactly that kind of insight that
can be gained when reporters are allowed to do their jobs, and it is why CPJ
exists--to fiercely defend the rights of journalists to do their work. Take a
read of our recent Egypt coverage here
to get a sense of the massive scale in which journalists have been attacked and
detained, and see Tait's whole piece in the Guardian here.