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Reporters Without Borders Decries Deaths, Attacks On Journalists In Egypt

[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Reporters run for cover during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Egypt's ousted president
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Reporters run for cover during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, and police in Cairo on August 14, 2013, as security forces backed by bulldozers moved in on two huge pro-Morsi protest camps, launching a long-threatened crackdown that left dozens dead. Egypt's bloody crackdown on supporters of Morsi triggered widespread condemnation as the international community reacted with alarm to the deepening crisis. The action has resulted in more than 600 deaths, according to official sources.

Reporters Without Borders drew attention on Monday to what it called the "heavy toll" on journalists in Egypt in the weeks since the coup that overthrow President Mohammed Morsi.

Journalists have been killed, arrested and attacked since the Egyptian army began a campaign of repression in the country. On Sunday, the pattern of harassment continued, as three employees of Al Jazeera English were deported.

"Since 3 July, a total of five journalists have been killed, 80 journalists have been arbitrarily detained (with seven still held) and at least 40 news providers have been physically attacked by the police or by pro-Morsi or pro-army demonstrators," RWB wrote. It called the killings "without precedent in the country's contemporary history."

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