Washington Bangla Radio USA
February 3, 2011

Authorities on Thursday cracked down on international reporters in Egypt, confiscating cameras and equipment in a move that has triggered angry reactions from across the world even as the upheaval in the Arab nation shows no sign of fizzling out.

Several journalists have been attacked and detained along with human rights activists, the Western media reported. Some of reporters have been told that they were being taken under “protective custody”.

The foreign press has been asked to vacate hotels around the Tahrir Square, the centre of unrest in the Egyptian capital, even as some reports say authorities are barring them from leaving from airports with media equipment across the country.

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