Protesters carry injured man in Cairo 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
CAIRO - Two journalists were killed in Cairo on
Wednesday as Egyptian forces crushed protests by thousands of supporters of the
deposed president, shooting scores of people dead.
Mick Deane, 61, worked for Britain's Sky News. Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26,
reported for the Dubai-based news weekly Xpress.
Troops opened fire on
demonstrators who had staged a sit-in for the past six weeks to demand the
reinstatement of the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.
Deane was shot as
he covered the operation. He had worked for the BSkyB-owned Sky News for 15
years, based in Washington and then Jerusalem. He was married with two
"The loss of a much-loved colleague will be deeply felt across Sky
News. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family," John Ryley, head
of Sky News, said in a statement.
Abd Elaziz, an Egyptian, had been on
leave when she was shot dead, according to Xpress's sister publication Gulf
"It's hard to believe she's gone. She was passionate about her work
and had a promising career ahead," Xpress deputy editor Mazhar Farooqui was
quoted as saying.
A Reuters photographer was shot in the foot while
covering the violence. Asmaa Waguih was receiving treatment for the bullet
"We have the utmost respect for all the journalists who put
themselves in harm's way to bring us the news, video and pictures we see every
day. At Reuters, safety is our highest priority and we take every precaution we
can to ensure it," said Stephen Adler, Reuters Editor in Chief.