Toronto-based documentary filmmaker and activist John Greyson has been detained in Cairo along with his traveling partner Dr. Tarek Loubani. A mutual friend of the pair, Justin Podur, told media this weekend that Loubani called him at 10PM local time on Friday to say he and Greyson were being arrested by Egyptian police. The timing reportedly means they were out after a curfew imposed on the city amid the upheaval there. Their whereabouts are currently unconfirmed. Greyson won a Teddy at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival for his documentary Fig Trees and received a special jury citation at the Toronto Film Festival for his 1993 feature Zero Patience. In 2009, he caused a stir when he pulled his short, Covered, from Toronto in protest over a planned spotlight on films from Tel Aviv. Greyson and Loubani were headed to Gaza where Loubani was to carry out medical relief work. Greyson was joining him to do some exploratory work, Podur told The Toronto Star, but the border was closed. A spokeswoman for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said the embassy in Cairo “is in contact with local authorities and we are prepared to provide consular assistance.”
In what is the most gruesome attack against an U.S. journalist in Egypt so far, CBS News is reporting that its chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan suffered “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” on Friday, the day …
Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot, who, along with his camerman were badly beaten by demonstrators in Cairo on Wednesday, this morning gave a pretty fascinating firsthand account of the events in a post on foxnews.com. Here it is:
CAIRO, Egypt – It was Wednesday afternoon. We were covering the clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters near Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo.
A short time after we started our shooting, cameraman Olaf Wiig was threatened by a small group of pro-Mubarak thugs.
We ducked down an alley. It turned out to be a dead end, so we dashed into a nearby building.
At first it was a perfect vantage point to cover the street battle. Then it quickly turned into a battle station for the pro-government side.
Egypt is rapidly becoming a very dangerous place for foreign journalists. On the heels of the attacks on Fox News’ Greg Palkot, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour, an NBC News crew has been carjacked by a group of angry Egyptian men and threatened with beheading. …
UPDATE FRIDAY: Greg Palkot this morning wrote a pretty fascinating firsthand account of the ordeal. Read it here:
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Veteran correspondents and former network-mates Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour both said today that they were attacked by mobs in Egypt where the unrest is escalating. Here is Cooper’s video account of his violent encounter with pro-Hosni Mubarak supporters and video of Amanpour’s more peaceful confrontation with Mubarak followers.