Follow the news on Egypt News Receive email alerts December 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist dies from head injury after six days in hospital February 1, 2021 Find out more ——————————————-06.12.2012 – Journalist dies from head injury after six days in hospitalRead in ArabicReporters Without Borders strongly condemns the actions of President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters who deliberately fired on journalists and attacked them as they were covering last night’s clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo.Al-Hosseiny Abu Deif, an experienced newspaper reporter, was rushed to hospital after being hit in the head by a rubber bullet fired at close range at around 1 a.m. today and is said to be in a critical condition.“Witnesses say the president’s supporters deliberately targeted and attacked journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on President Morsi to order an investigation into the circumstances of these attacks and to punish those responsible. As president, he must ensure the safety of all of his fellow citizens, including journalists.“We also call on the president to rescind the 22 November decree granting himself extraordinary powers, and not hold a referendum on the draft constitution in its current form. The Constituent Commission must amend the draft in order to provide more protection for freedom of expression and information.”A witness told Reporters Without Borders that Morsi supporters deliberately targeted Deif, who works for the newspaper Al-Fagr. Five minutes before he was shot from a distance of just two metres, he showed colleagues photos of the president’s supporters with sophisticated weapons. His camera was stolen after he was shot, as colleagues went to his aid.Other journalists were injured during the night as they covered the clashes. They included Mohamed Azouz of the government newspaper Al-Gomhuria, Osama Al-Shazly of the daily Al-Badil, Islam Abdel Tawab of Al-Alam Al-Yawm, Sahar Talaat, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s Spanish service and Ahmed Khair Eldeen, a ON-TV journalist.Two journalists with Turkey’s TRT television, reporter Mehmet Akif Ersoy and cameraman Adil Ahmet, were attacked earlier yesterday in Tahrir Square and their equipment was damaged. February 6, 2021 Find out more News Related documents 13-12-2012_actu_egypte_-_ar-2.pdfPDF – 26.07 KB Organisation Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison to go further Help by sharing this information January 22, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that the journalist Al-Hosseiny Abu Deif died yesterday in central Cairo’s El Qasr Al Aini Hospital of the serious head injury he received while covering clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo in the early hours of 6 December.Hospitalized in a critical condition after a rubber bullet was fired at his head at close range, Deif never recovered consciousness.The Egyptian media reported that journalists, politicians and various officials staged a march near the hospital where he died.Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to Deif’s family and friends. RSF_en Read the letter about the Egyptian constitution that was sent to President Morsi yesterday. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution
Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CIDRAP News on May 4 that the total number of laboratories that received test kits containing H2N2 virus samples from Meridian Bioscience Inc. was 4,614, rather than more than 6,000, as stated in this story.May 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – All samples of a potentially dangerous influenza virus that were sent to thousands of laboratories in 18 countries in recent months have been accounted for and destroyed, federal health officials announced today.Samples of the influenza A(H2N2) virus, which caused the flu pandemic of 1957-58, were sent to more than 6,000 labs for use in testing the labs’ ability to identify flu viruses. Most of the labs were in the United States.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the organizations that administer proficiency testing reported that all the samples had been destroyed. No reports of illness have been linked with possible exposure to the samples, the CDC said. The virus has not circulated since 1968, which means that most people now would have little or no immunity to it.”Certification of the destruction of the H2N2 samples contained in the proficiency testing kits effectively ends the immediate risk associated with distribution of these kits, but it is only the first step of the public health response,” the CDC said. A multiagency task force will investigate what caused the inclusion of H2N2 in the test kits, the statement added.Also today, the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended that labs use stricter safety precautions when handling H2N2 virus samples. The agencies released a recommendation that labs use Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) instead of BSL-2 precautions when working with the virus. A similar recommendation was made for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses and for reverse-genetics research on the 1918 pandemic flu virus.Starting last fall, samples of the H2N2 virus were sent to labs in 18 countries for routine testing that usually involves more benign flu strains. Meridian Bioscience Inc. of Cleveland sent the kits on behalf of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and three other US organizations that administer lab proficiency testing. Why the H2N2 virus was used has not been fully explained. But the virus was classified as BSL-2 at the time, which meant it could legally be used in the kits, CAP officials have said.In the testing, labs have to determine if a virus is influenza and whether it is type A or B, without identifying the subtype. But Canadian government researchers discovered in March that the virus they had been sent was H2N2, which led the World Health Organization on Apr 12 to urge labs to destroy all the samples. Most laboratories quickly did so, but a few samples were missing, which triggered an urgent search.CDC officials reported on Apr 21 that 99% of the samples had already been destroyed. News reports on Apr 25 said the last samples outside the United States had been destroyed at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, after they were found at the Beirut airport.Earlier reports said H2N2 samples were sent to 3,747 labs under CAP auspices and to about another 2,700 labs certified by other organizations. All but about 75 labs that received the CAP samples were in the United States, reports said. How many of the other labs were in the United States has not been made clear.The biosafety recommendations released today are part of a new edition of guidelines for biomedical labs that will be published in full this fall, the CDC said. In BSL-3 labs, agents are handled with equipment designed to prevent any airborne contamination and resulting respiratory exposure for lab workers and others.With regard to the 1918 pandemic virus, the recommendations state, “Any research involving reverse genetics of the 1918 influenza strain should proceed with extreme caution. The risk to laboratory workers is unknown at the present time but the pandemic potential is thought to be significant.”In recent studies, researchers have engineered viruses similar to the 1918 pandemic strain, H1N1, and exposed mice to them in an effort to learn what made the virus so deadly. The 1918 pandemic is estimated to have killed between 50 million and 100 million people around the world.See also:CDC update on H2N2 virus situationhttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/han050305.htmCDC’s interim safety recommendations for laboratories working with H2N2 and certain other influenza viruseshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/h2n2bsl3.htmNov 24, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Recreated gene sheds light on lethality of 1918 flu virus”
Prince Charles has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. Two news reports say the Prince of Wales has tested positive for Covid-19, making him the first member of the British royal family to come down with the virus. Prince Charles is reportedly displaying mild symptoms and is self-isolating at home in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess was also reportedly tested, but does not have the virus.