Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Detained Al Jazeera Journalist: '[The Military] Viewed So Many of Us As Prisoners of War. Our Hands Were Tied Behind Our Back With Cables. Our Eyes We
"Ayman Mohyeldin, the Cairo bureau chief for Al Jazeera English, was detained by Egyptian police and was held for seven hours. Inside the jail, Mohyeldin witnessed rampant police abuse. "We saw the military slap detainees, we saw them kick detainees, we saw them punch them," Mohyeldin said. "One of the soldiers I was observing had with him a small taser gun." He also talks about how the Mubarak regime has attempted to silence Al Jazeera. Despite its journalists being arrested and threatened, it’s offices set on fire and it’s satellite system cut off, Al Jazeera’s news coverage of the popular uprising has been unchallenged by other news outlets, and is battling Egypt’s pro-Mubarak TV outlets for delivering truth to Egyptians. “I think Al Jazeera Arabic and out Jazeera English have something important to offer. They’re offering the viewers around the world a context that may sometimes be missing from Western and foreign media,” Mohyeldin says, who was detained by security forces for questioning on Sunday. “More importantly, they’re offering the viewers a view of this country that I think is very hard to get in an absence of less and less media. If they were it take Al Jazeera off the air and silence us completely, it would be a great disservice to humanity, and in particularly to information.”....."