Cairo: Egypt's army has been instructed to assist foreign media and help protect them from groups in plain clothes who have attacked and beaten journalists as the capital's streets have become lawless, the cabinet said.
The United States on Thursday condemned a "concerted campaign" to intimidate foreign reporters covering protests against Mubarak and said Egypt must not target journalists. Britain also criticised the harassment of journalists.
"I spoke to the prime minister about journalists' problems. He was very much disturbed. He contacted the armed forces and instructed them to facilitate the job of the foreign media and stop any interference in their job," cabinet spokesman Magdy Rady told Reuters.
"The army will help you in areas where you have contact with people," he added, referring to groups in civilian clothes who have been prowling the streets and often hassling journalists....more
06:27 PM, Feb 04, 2011