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State and Nation

August 14, 2013

3 journalists killed in Egypt turmoil

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The Gulf News said it spoke to the UAE journalist's younger sister Arwa Ramadan, who confirmed her death.

"My mom spoke to her close to (early morning prayers), but when she called again at 12 noon, there was no response," the sister said. "She called again, and somebody picked up the phone and told her Habiba was dead. My dad, who is in Egypt right now, confirmed it later."

The Gulf News quoted deputy editor Mazhar Farooqui as saying the publication was in shock.

"It's hard to believe she's gone," Farooqui said. "She was passionate about her work and had a promising career ahead."

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it was investigating several attacks on journalists and urged Egyptian authorities to "show restraint and allow the media to do their job."

"We call on Egyptian authorities to issue clear orders to security forces to respect the right of journalists to work freely and safely while covering events in Cairo and the rest of the country," said Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the media watchdog.

The International Press Institute said it had received reports that journalists were being targeted by both sides in the clashes.

"Journalists are neutral parties in conflicts and should not be the target of violence, regardless of who is perpetrating it," IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said. "The Egyptian government must also be held accountable by the international community for any deaths or attacks that deliberately targeted media workers."

Reuters news agency confirmed that photographer Asmaa Waguih had been shot in the foot and is receiving treatment for her bullet wound.

An Associated Press photographer working near the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque during the melee was hit in the back of the neck by two birdshot pellets, said Manoocher Deghati, the AP's Middle East photo editor. The photographer received medical care and later returned to work, Deghati added.

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