Photographers injured in Cairo clashes

August 15, 2013

Press freedom body Reporters Without Borders has condemned the violence which broke out when security forces moved to clear camps set up by supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi.

In a statement released yesterday, Reporters Without Borders said: ‘Many Egyptian journalists, especially news photographers, were injured while covering the violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi demonstrations in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square and Mostafa Mahmoud Square.’

The injured reportedly include Reuters photographer Asma Wadi.

She was hit in the leg by a shot fired from an AK-47 rifle, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Iman Hilal, a photographer for an Egyptian newspaper, was threatened with a knife and forced to hand over his camera’s memory card.

Photographer Ahmad Najjar is said to have sustained a gunshot wound to his arm and Mike Giglio, a journalist, says he was arrested alongside Egyptian freelance Mahmoud Abou Zeid and French photographer Louis Jammes.

‘Both were beaten after identifying themselves as journalists,’ Giglio wrote yesterday.

A French photojournalist known as ‘Mani’ says security forces kicked and beat him.