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Don’t shoot the messengers!

August 29, 2013

 As Egypt cracks down on foreign journalists, reporting from the country becomes increasingly dangerous By Peter Schwartz, contributor, EgyptianStreets.com It’s not much fun being a foreign journalist in Cairo right now. To be sure, it’s not much fun for Egyptians either! This infernal curfew grows less tolerable by the day, while the political uncertainty and economic slowdown wrought by the past month’s flux casts a depressing pall over this liveliest of cities. But throw a foreign passport, press card and un-Egyptian complexion into the mix, and Cairo can be a downright hostile place indeed. It all began soon after June 30th, when anti-Morsi protesters, infuriated by what they saw as unsympathetic Western coverage of their cause, started railing against CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera in particular. Soon enough a number of marches to Tahrir Square carried more anti-American media banners than anti-Morsi placards. “CNN shame on you,” the most ubiquitous of the signs read, after an on-air technical glitch saw Tahrir labelled as a pro-Morsi gathering. Another transposed the CNN logo on to that of the Muslim Brotherhood’s crossed swords. US ambassador Anne Patterson’s less than fulsome support for Tamarod’s campaign to topple…

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