Violent unrest in Cairo is endangering more western journalists, with Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot becoming the latest American TV personality to be attacked in the Egyptian capital.
FNC reported Thursday that Palkot and a producer, Olaf Wiig, were “severely beaten” and spent a night in a Cairo hospital.
“They were forced to leave their position when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it,” FNC’s John Roberts reported from London. “A large fire erupted. They were forced to flee. They ran out and ran right into the pro-Mubarak crowd and were severely beaten and had to be taken to the hospital [and] spent the night in the hospital. The extent of their injuries was fairly grave. However, they have been released from the hospital,” Roberts said.
Meanwhile, Time magazine reported Thursday afternoon that Lara Logan, chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, has been detained, as well as her crew, by Egyptian police outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
Indeed, it has appeared that pro-government activists are the ones targeting the foreign journalists reporting from Cairo’s Tahrir Square –- ground zero for the tense, dramatic uprising that has riveted TV viewers around the world for more than a week. A day earlier, Fox Business Network correspondent Ashley Webster reported that government security forces burst into his hotel room and demanded that a cameraman cease filming the unrest from the room’s balcony.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper was also roughed up earlier this week as pro- and anti-government forces fought for control of the square. And on Thursday, Cooper tweeted that the vehicle he was riding in had its window smashed. The same thing happened sometime Wednesday to Christiane Amanpour. Viewers of ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” that evening saw angry protestors threatening Amanpour and her crew and then smashing the windshield of the crew’s van as Amanpour and her colleagues beat a hasty retreat.
It could be that even our most swashbuckling global correspondents have met their match in the escalating violence in Egypt. Maybe they should all consider retreating to the sidelines until things calm down.