Two Egyptian journalists killed while covering clashes

With Egypt falling into a state of chaos, press freedom is under threat and journalists are facing increasing hostility.

In the past two weeks, two Egyptian journalists were killed while covering clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opposition activists.

On 29 June, Salah al-Din Hassan, a 37-year-old reporter with independent news website Shaab Masr (Egyptian People), was killed while covering a demonstration against President Mohammed Morsi in Port Said.

On 8 July, Ahmed Assem El-Senousy, a 26-year-old journalist and photographer for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice newspaper, was shot by a sniper while covering clashes in Cairo.

Prior to these deaths, only four journalists had been killed in Egypt since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which has also reported on the recent targeting of international journalists.

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