White House: Egyptian Government Prepared To End Attacks On Journalists


The White House indicates that the Egyptian government may be ready to enact measures that would end the attacks on journalists.

According to a White House summary of a conversation between Vice President Joe Biden and Egyptian Vice President Omar Soliman, among the steps the Egyptian government is "prepared to accept" and which the U.S. government is supporting include: "Restraining the Ministry of Interior's conduct by immediately ending the arrests, harassment, beating, and detention of journalists, and political and civil society activists, and by allowing freedom of assembly and expression."

The White House said that and other measures, including no reprisals against opposition protesters "are what the broad opposition is calling for and what the government is saying it is prepared to accept," and were among the topics Biden and Soliman talked about in the call Tuesday.

Biden called for "immediate and irreversible progress," including action on the pledges the Egyptian government has made.

Al Jazeera was reporting Tuesdy that there continued to be thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square, despite the concessions. Many have vowed to stay there until Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns, not just for any reforms that will be enacted,the news organization said.

Mubarak said the government would investigate attacks on journalists and others, one of a number of reforms he has pledged in an effort to quell the protests.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented over 140 attacks and detentions of journalists covering the protests.