Journalist Miguel Marquez Beaten While Covering Unrest in Bahrain
02/17/2011 - 15:00 ||
“Journalist, journalist, journalist!” London-based ABC correspondent Miguel Marquez yells amidst a police crackdown on a protesting mob, but the thugs still yanked his camera away and beat him with a billy club on Thursday morning. The attack occurred when Marquez was on the phone with the ABC New York headquarters explaining the protesting he was witnessing in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain.
"I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs," Marquez told ABC headquarters after fleeing the scene. "I'm now in a marketplace near our hotel where people are cowering in buildings."
Marquez was attacked at Pearl Square in Bahrain's capital Manama when police arrived to clear out pro-democracy protesters. The AFP reported that at least four people were killed and 95 injured when police launched their operation at approximately 3 a.m.
Marquez’s assault follows reports that CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan was beaten and sexually attacked while covering the recent revolution in Egypt that eventually lead to the end of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak's 30 year reign on Friday.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned these attacks against journalists reporting in the Middle East.
"It's alarming to see Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran, take a page from Egypt and Tunisia to use violence and censorship to stop coverage of political unrest," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. "The international community must speak out against these deliberate acts of media obstruction."
Watch the harrowing report below: