Journalists are still being targeted as clashes continue in the streets around Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Although the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has promised to bring forward the handover to a civilian government, the demonstrators are demanding the immediate departure of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and his transition government. The chaos prevailing in Cairo and the resulting grave human rights violations are as bad as in the darkest hours of the revolution’s earlier phase, in January and February. Journalists are now the unwanted witnesses of the army’s desperate attempts to hold on to power and Reporters Without Borders fears that the abuses against media personnel could worsen. US documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and her cameraman, Magdy Ashour, were arrested near Tahrir Square yesterday and are due to be brought before a military tribunal shortly. Reporters Without Borders calls for their immediate release and the withdrawal of the charges against them. Timeline 24 November Arrested during the night of 23 November near Mohamed Mahmoud Street (itself near Tahrir Square), Egyptian-American blogger Mona Eltahawy was released after being held for 12 hours. On Twitter, she reported that interior ministry officials were mistreating detainees and that she personally was manhandled and sexually assaulted (repeatedly “groped”) by policemen (http://twitter.com/#!/monaeltahawy). The Egyptian blogger Maged Butter was also released after being arrested during the night of 23 November. 23 November Police arrested US documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and her cameraman, Magdy Ashour, on Mansour Street at around 6 p.m. and seized their equipment. The two journalists, who were covering clashes near the interior ministry at the time of their arrest, are due to be taken before a military court soon. It is not known what exactly they are charged with (http://twitter.com/#!/search/FreeJehane?q=FreeJehane). 22 November Freelance Spanish photographer Guillem Valle, on assigment for The Wall Street Journal, was attacked and beaten by plainclothes policemen while photographing a building on fire and had to be hospitalized. Ibrahim Mohamed Shareef, a reporter for the Kurdish news agency PUKmedia, was slightly injured while covering clashes in Tahrir Square. Reporters Without Borders would like to correct the information it gave in a previous release about Dana Smilie’s 22 November arrest. Smilie (http://www.danasmillie.com/#/bio), who works for Finnish TV, was arrested by military police in the Cairo district of Moqattam together with the station’s Cairo correspondent, their Egyptian interpreter and their taxi driver while filming election posters. After being taken to an army building, they were briefly questioned and then released. Their equipment was returned to them. Photo: Gaël FAVARI ------------------------ Journalists arrested, physically attacked by security forces 23/11/2011 Journalists have been among the targets of the security forces during clashes in Cairo and other cities since 19 November as demonstrators demand civilian institutions and the dissolution of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Reporters have been roughed up and briefly detained, and their equipment has been confiscated or destroyed. Reporters Without Borders condemns the attacks on all civilians including journalists, who are particularly exposed because of the nature of their work.