It is a chilling fact that often before a repressive regime does its dirty work…..the rolling of tanks over protesters, for instance…..they make every attempt to ensure that the media are not allowed to cover it.
That is why I am very alarmed at the increasing level of rage and violence taking place against the journalists and reporters covering the story in Egypt.
The world needs to act with a higher level of urgency at making sure President Mubarak leaves the world stage. While there is always the thinking that an evolutionary transition in governments such as that in Egypt makes regions more stable, and international relations more manageable, there are times such as now when old ‘rules’ must be abandoned.
I am very concerned tonight about the fate of those who yearn for more freedom in Egypt tonight.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has strongly condemned the attacks on journalists covering the ongoing situation in Egypt, terming it as a “violation of international norms“.
“This is a violation of international norms that guarantee freedom of the press and is unacceptable under any circumstances,” Ms. Clinton told reporters at joint conference with Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic.
“The Egyptian government must demonstrate its willingness to ensure journalists’ ability to report on these events to the people of Egypt and to the world,” she said.
Ms. Clinton also condemned in the strongest terms attacks on peaceful demonstrators, human rights activists, foreigners and diplomats.
“Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press are pillars of an open and inclusive society… It is especially in times of crisis that governments must demonstrate their adherence to these universal values,” she said.