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Journalists targeted by organised mobs in Egypt

"They have to stay in the hotel"
3:43 min

Reporting on events in Egypt has become more and more dangerous. Journalists have been threatened, attacked and kidnapped.

Christina Gustafsson is the head of the foreign affairs desk at Swedish Radio News. She says that the situation on the streets was initially euphoric, but from Sunday Tahrir Square and the streets became dangerous, and so they sent two more correspondents so that Swedish Radio News' reporter would not be alone.

"We have told our three people that they should not go outside today. They have to stay in the hotel, and in their reporting they should say why, that it is because of those forces that are harassing journalists, so that they audience can understand why the reporting is not as good as it should be."

She adds that this is an unusual situation. "Journalists are often harassed, but that they are actually focusing on international journalists, that is unique."

So far there has been no need for help by the radio from the Swedish Embassy. And how bad would the situation need to get before the correspondents are pulled out? "If they are able to storm the hotel, where the journalists are staying, then we would have to do something."

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