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CPJ says, "It is critical for journalists to have the freedom to do their job. This is especially true during rapidly unfolding events like the ones we are seeing in Egypt. If journalists can't report freely, the public can't follow these events and make informed judgments. Since former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011, the Egyptian press has been battered by an array of repressive tactics, from the legal and physical intimidation of Mohamed Morsi's tenure to the widespread censorship of the new military-backed government."
Since Mubarak's ousting, the following eight journalists have been killed:
- Tamer Abdel Raouf, Al-Ahram - 19 August 2013, in Damanhur
- Mosaab al-Shami, Rassd News Network - 14 August 2013, in Cairo
- Ahmed Abdel Gawad, Al-Akhbar, Misr25 - 14 August 2013, in Cairo
- Mick Deane, Sky News - 14 August 2013, in Cairo
- Ahmed Assem el-Senousy, Freedom and Justice - 8 July 2013, in Cairo
- Salah al-Din Hassan, Shaab Masr - 29 June 2013, in Port Said
- Al-Hosseiny Abou Deif, El-Fagr 12 December 2012, in Cairo
- Wael Mikhael, Al-Tareeq - 9 October 2011, in Cairo