Africa

Rights Groups Demand Egypt Probe Cameraman's Death

Angry Egyptian Christians protest outside St. Mark's Cathedral against the military ruling council in Cairo Egypt, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 a day after at least 24 people were killed when Christians, angered by a recent church attack, clashed Sunday night with Muslims and security forces outside the state television building in central Cairo.

Angry Egyptian Christians protest outside St. Mark's Cathedral against the military ruling council in Cairo Egypt, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 a day after at least 24 people were killed when Christians, angered by a recent church attack, clashed Sunday night with Muslims and security forces outside the state television building in central Cairo.  (AP2011)

CAIRO -- Two media rights groups are calling on Egyptian authorities to investigate the death of a cameraman working for a Coptic Christian broadcaster who was shot in the head while filming clashes between the military and mostly Coptic protesters.

Wael Mikhael was among at least 26 people, most of them Christians, who died during Sunday's clashes in Cairo. The military has suggested at least two soldiers also died.

Reporters Without Borders on Thursday also condemned raids by Egyptian security forces on the U.S.-funded Al-Hurra TV and independent 25TV during their coverage of the clashes.

Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists says Egypt's state TV appeared to incite violence during its live coverage by calling on viewers to defend the military against attacks.