EGYPT: Citizen journalists chronicle unrest

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‘The national anthem at Tahrir Square like you’ve never heard before,’ says the caption on this video, uploaded Thursday by an Egyptian citizen journalist.

Ahmed Agour, a citizen journalist trained by the nonprofit International Center for Journalists, has filed regular on-the-spot reports and videos of anti-government protests in recent days on his blog. The satellite channel Al-Arabiya and online newspaper Youm Sabie have picked up some of the reports.


Agour participated in the Washington-based group’s training last year in Egypt, called ‘On the Margins No More.’ The training was designed to develop a corps of Egyptian citizen journalists outside state control.

Another participant in the training, Muhamed Sabry, has collected hundreds of photographs and videos of the latest unrest, some uploaded on his YouTube channel. — Molly Hennessy-Fiske


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