Egyptian Armed Men Interrupt Alhurra’s Live Program in Cairo

During the clashes between the Egyptian Military and Coptic demonstrators on Sunday, Oct. 9th, armed men in uniforms entered Alhurra’s Cairo studios during its live broadcast of its nightly news magazine show Al Youm.  The program was broadcasting live reports on the violent clashes between Copt demonstrators and soldiers in nearby Maspero.  The armed men, brandishing automatic weapons, searched the studio, harassed staff, and disrupted the broadcast as the audience watched the events live.  The clashes took place right outside of the building that houses Alhurra’s studios. The men said they were looking for a protester who had killed an army officer. When leaving they terminated the live broadcast.