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Fox News Crew Beaten And Seriously Injured In Egypt

Reported by Ellen - February 3, 2011 -

From Deadline Hollywood:

FOX News Channel's veteran foreign correspondent Greg Palkot and his camerman Olaf Wiig have suffered severe injuries in Cairo while covering the unrest in the Egypt capital. Palkot was badly beaten and Wiig has a possible broken jaw after being attacked by pro-Hosni Mubarak supporters yesterday. Both were hospitalized overnight. Out of concern for the safety of its journalists, Fox News kept the incident a secret until their release from the hospital today. More details explaining the network's actions have emerged. Palkot and Wiig were reportedly briefly detained by military police and accused of being Israeli spies, prompting Fox News execs to seek help from the State Department. In 2007, the same camerman, Olaf Wiig, was taken hostage in the Gaza strip with correspondent Steve Centanni. They were released 2 weeks later.

The video below describes what happened to Palkot and Wiig. FoxNews.com notes that this was just one of a series of incidents in which reporters have been targeted in Egypt.

Despite our criticisms of Fox, we were sorry to hear this news. We are glad to know that Palkot and Wiig are doing OK and wish them a speedy recovery.

(H/T Eric J.)



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