CPJ mourns killed journalist in Egypt, demands justice

New York, August 14, 2013–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, who was shot as Egyptian security forces attempted to disperse pro-Morsi demonstrations in Cairo today.

“We call on Egyptian authorities to issue clear orders to security forces to respect the right of journalists to work freely and safely while covering events in Cairo and the rest of the country,” said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “The killing of Mick Deane underscores the urgent need for such action and for all sides to show restraint and allow the media to do their job. The authorities must investigate all attacks on journalists and hold those responsible to account.”

CPJ is investigating several attacks on journalists in Egypt today. CPJ has documented at least 78 assaults on journalists from August 2012 until former President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster on July 3, 2013, according to a new special report on Egypt, released today.