New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard tweeted today that he was “kicked out” of Egypt’s Tahrir Square and told foreign journalists were prohibited. Hubbard had been reporting from Cairo’s Zeinhoum morgue, where casualties from the protests were being transported.
Just three hours earlier, Hubbard had retweeted this post from a Wall Street Journal correspondent noting Al-Jazeera’s expulsion from a press conference by the Egyptian military.
Signs showing support for the American people but not for the Obama administration have been spotted among the protesters, while CNN has been singled out for criticism of its coverage. On Friday, Egyptian military confiscated a CNN camera during a live broadcast. With the situation in Egypt so volatile, patience with outsiders seems to be wearing thin.