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Feb 04, 2011 at 12:18pm IST

Journalists use Twitter to report on Egypt

New Delhi: There has been a crackdown on journalists in Egypt with many being detained and their cameras, tapes and identity cards being impounded. Now microblogging site Twitter has come to the rescue of the media personnel who are in Egypt and reporting on the protests against President Hosni Mubarak.

ABC Correspondent Christiane Amanpour's latest tweet says: "When I was in the presidential palace earlier, the halls were empty and the people seemed tense and fearful."

Lara from ABC News: "Perhaps ironically, we're told Tahrir Square is the safest place in town. Elsewhere around Ccairo there's danger and less cover."

Journalists use Twitter to report on Egypt

There has been a crackdown on journalists in Egypt with many of them being detained.

CNN's Anderson Cooper tweeted on Thursday: "Situation on ground in Egypt very tense. Vehicle I was in was attacked. My window smashed. All ok."

CNN's Nic Robertson writes: "Mood changing on street, not just pro-regime thugs but people who've heard the VP on state TV blaming foreign media for the upheaval."

CNN-IBN video journalist Rajesh Bhardwaj was detained for a second time by the Egyptian Army on Thursday as he was returning to his hotel after being released by authorities after four hours of questioning. His camera has also been confiscated.

Bhardwaj was taken into preventive custody and his identity card and tapes were burnt. Bhardwaj along with some other media personnel was reportedly taken into custody by the Egyptian Army but released after some time. Bhardwaj was shooting the anti-Hosni Mubarak protests at Tahrir Square in Cairo when the Army took him into custody.