Watchdog: Egyptian military oppressing journalists

February 8, 2011 22:35

CAIRO — Egypt's military was not allowing foreign journalists to enter Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday, part of what an international press watchdog called new obstacles in covering the ongoing crisis.

Egypt's police has long played a role in the targeting of foreign and local journalists, especially over the past weeks of unrest, but the military was believed not to be involved.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have been demonstrating in downtown Cairo, calling for the ouster of authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak. Journalists from all over the world had been mingling among them until Tuesday.

The government issued new orders requiring visiting journalists get accreditation from the Ministry of Information, a process that takes days, preventing many from covering the demonstrations.

Foreign journalists already with credentials were allowed into the square. Some reporters without Egyptian accreditation still managed to enter Tahrir despite the new policy.

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