What two reporters saw, and heard, in Cairo’s torture chambers

2 Detained Reporters Saw Secret Police’s Methods Firsthand
By SOUAD MEKHENNET and NICHOLAS KULISH

WE had been detained by Egyptian authorities, handed over to the country’s dreaded Mukhabarat, the secret police, and interrogated. They left us all night in a cold room, on hard orange plastic stools, under fluorescent lights.

But our discomfort paled in comparison to the dull whacks and the screams of pain by Egyptian people that broke the stillness of the night. In one instance, between the cries of suffering, an officer said in Arabic, “You are talking to journalists? You are talking badly about your country?”

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2 thoughts on “What two reporters saw, and heard, in Cairo’s torture chambers”

  1. If the law is put in place to potrect a patients rights who had a stroke, is blind, unable to walk, and has been legally declared incompetent by his doctors, then what law is there to potrect the family of the patient if a part-time girlfriend comes in exploiting a vulnerable adult with intention to isolate and alienate, to the point where the family is shut off from all communication. The father is the patient, the girlfriend the puppet-master, pulling the string to destroy each family member one day at a time so they pose no threat. The hospital, aware of this, allows it to happen…patients rights…even though the patient is being brainwashed. The son gets legal guardianship, but oopps, the father had the stoke out of the state they reside. Start process all over again. However, the father is so brainwashed by now, it may be too late. The girlfriend has all the rights…the family destroyed. How could this happen?

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