MEA advisory to scribes covering unrest in Egypt

New Delhi: Amid reports that some foreign journalists covering the political turmoil in Cairo have been attacked, the External Affairs Ministry on Thursday issued an advisory for those intending to cover the protests, including obtaining the State Information Service accreditation.

"It is understood that around 3000 foreign and Egyptian correspondents are currently in Cairo to file/film stories and a number of them are without suitable accreditation. A number of journalists, including some Indian journalists, have got into trouble as a result," the Ministry said.

The Ministry noted that a number of Indian journalists have travelled in recent days to Egypt to cover the developments and said it was learnt that more are planning a visit in the coming days.

Even though the resources of the Embassy of India in Cairo are under pressure, they have been extending assistance and facilitation to the Indian journalists.

"However, to avoid being detained or being sent back by Egyptian authorities, it is requested that the following may please be borne in mind: carry your identity card and or passport at all times and keep a copy of your documents safely in the hotel room," it said.

According to some reports reaching here, a cameraman of a private TV channel here was detained and then let off while shooting the protests in Cairo.

Further, the MEA advised the journalists to carry sufficient foreign currency and take care of their personal safety.