Despite rumours that the film super star Lebleba would leave Malmö Arab Film Festival because of what happened, she attended the prize giving ceremony, Swedish Radio Malmö reports. Photo: Madeleine Fritsch-Lärka/Sveriges Radio
Malmö Arab Film Festival

Egyptian journalist assaulted at Malmö festival

An Egyptian journalist was assaulted while interviewing at the Arab Film Festival in Malmö on Friday, the daily Sydsvenskan reports. There were also scuffles earlier in the week when demonstrators turned up at the opening of the festival to protest against the removal of the Egyptian president Mursi in the beginning of July.

Mohab Zanoon, journalist at the egyptian magazine Nile Cinema, tells the paper that there were some people arguing in front of the cinema, where he was interviewing one of the Festival's jury members.

Police describes that a man in his mid-twenties stepped onto the red carpet and hit Mohab Zanoon twice in the face. He was wrestled to the ground, and the assailant tried to steal his camera, but the festival guards managed to interrupt, causing the attacker to flee.

Sydsvenskan has spoken to one of the people who has been demonstrating outside the festival. He says they are not against the festival in itself, but see it as an opportunity to get their message through to egyptian media.

This is the third year festival running for the Malmö festival. This is the first time there has been trouble in connection with the festival. Police has stepped up security around the festival.

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