Anderson Cooper attacked in Egypt
“There have been violent clashes Wednesday in Cairo as hundreds of pro-Mubarak supporters attacked the large crowds of anti-government protesters who are calling on President Hosni Mubarak to leave office after three decades of authoritarian rule. Journalists are getting caught in the fray. CNN’s Anderson Cooper — who spoke to The Cutline from Cairo on Monday — was punched ten times today as pro-Mubarak protesters surrounded his crew, according to CNN’s Steve Brusk. NBC’s Richard Engel said Wednesday on MSNBC that many of the pro-Mubarak protesters are against the media.
Also on the media front, the Egyptian government restored Internet access Wednesday after it was shut down for nearly a week.
The Mubarak regime began disrupting social-media networks on Jan. 25, before trying to cut off the Internet for nearly 80 million citizens. Still, journalists and protesters found ways around the communications crackdown to broadcast to the world what’s happening on the ground.” Read more here…