February 3rd, 2011
09:47 PM ET

Dangerous for Journalists in Egypt: Join the Live Chat

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Journalists attempting to cover the uprising in Egypt came under attack in Cairo today, including Anderson. He'll have the latest developments. Plus, we'll have tonight's other headlines from around the world.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. ric

    As an American, I'm grateful for our liberites
    as I reflect on the grave situation in Egypt.

    I hope to God that there will be peace SOON
    for all the people of Egypt.....
    Cooper.... You and your Crew...thake care of yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Dave

    Hopefully CNN has an exit strategy for it's personnel, should the situation degrades. Keep your head down, be safe, and come home soon.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Jacob

    Nancy, you think the anti-government protestors are trying to deny the press? If anything the mass coverage only benefits their cause by raising awareness. Also I think the U.S. can have significant influence on their behavior, otherwise why would so many of the protestors be brandishing signs calling for American support?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Reem

    I really feel sorry for what is going on for the reporters. I highly doubt it is the government. They are not that dum to turn the world's opinion against them and ignite the youth that are already boiling.

    Egypt's population is 80 million. Those are not even 1/10th of the whole population. Please go out of the scirts of the protest and check with the local real Egyptians. Listen to the voices, fear and sincere opinion of the real Egyptians.


    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  5. lisal -canada

    having journalists and media and human rights groups "removed" so they can "tend to their internal affairs" is kind of like having the head of an abusive household politely closing the door to the neighbours – then beating the family into submission behind closed doors

    the question is - the neighbours who hear the screams (and they will)... what will they do? will they go back to their own homes? will they call 9-1-1? IS IT or IS IT NOT their business to comment and/or intervene?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Deb

    As much as I hate to admit it, I think Mubarak leaving right now will not solve the situation. The power vacuum is going to make the current violence look tame compared to what could come next.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Merl, Ohio

    I feel that when it is hidden from the worlds eyesight, that is when terrible atrocities will occur, for a criminal strikes in the darkness.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Nancy in Oregon

    Kimberley in Sac, it's quite likely lots of that is going on, don't you imagine? Just not visible to the masses (like us?!)

    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Emily

    It looks like Ben was correct yesterday when he said that it would be a "repeat" today.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  10. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Praying for your safety Anderson and crew!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Brett

    I am so glad to see that there are other people out there who care. The U.S. has been propping up this regime and now we have a chance to be on the right side of history. Let your representatives in D.C. no that the time to act is now.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  12. sonia rasad

    I hope Andersons and the rest of the Journalist will be safe and able to keep reporting the truth. I think Mubarak gov. learn from the Israel gov. the act of not having any Journalist to be there to report what really is happening. Because that is what the israel do, they never let any journalist go inside Gaza to report what is really happening to the Palestinian.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Starr, formerly known as vincent, "Mubarek is simply showing the world what he has been doing to his people for the last 30 yrs.!!"

    Mubarak swears that he is not responsible for the violence that is happening now, but then why doesn't he call off his thug followers?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Marie

    Hi Anderson: Mubarek is a dictator who has silenced his people for years and now he's trying to impose the same on the foreign press. As long as the Mubarek puppets don't touch the United States' Embassy in Egypt, I don't think there is much that can be done. To stop a journalist from transmitting videos is not the same as attacking an embassy. If the U.S. embassy is attacked, then that is an act of war.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Cessy - Chicago

    Anderson and crew: Thank you for bringing us news but my friends and I really don't want anything to happen to you and your crew.

    as for the CNN staff working around the clock to bring news to the US, THANK YOU!

    Please bring AC and crew back to the U.S.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Ahmed

    Mubarak is killing his youth in the heart of the largest square in the capital, what more should he do for the world and America to act, Help

    February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Ysan

    If the US had started preventing this would we not have heard of it already?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I can't say as i blame the demonstators for Not wanting to negotiate with the present gov.

    Look at what Mubarek and his regime has done in response to 8 days of Peaceful demonstrations! I would not trust them!

    I am pleased that the media continues to emphasize that the protestors were "peaceful" for 8 days! It is very apparent that the gov. made the 1st moves towards violence.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    Tiananmen Square is really an appropriate comparison unfortunately. I never thought that I'd see that again, and this time, with Twitter, FaceBook, etc. getting updates as it happens.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Kimberly in Sac

    The US government has to be more active and vocal in the chaotic situation in Egypt. Walk the tight rope between supporting an ally, yet showing leadership as a dominant world power. Order Mubarak to stop the violence.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Mervat Aboulaila

    We are watching your program tonight. The people in black uniforms are the anti-terrorist squad. They are known by the Egyptian people as being authorized to shoot to kill, and rarely seen on the streets.
    Anderson our hearts our with you and your colleagues who shine a beacon on what is a very dark situation indeed, in a great country.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Nancy in Oregon

    Ah, Jo Ann, Megan, thank you so much. I wonder what the 'average Egyptian' is feeling right now? It must be very scary, far beyond the Cairo environs.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Patrick Reilly Ottawa Canada

    with no media cameras....wouldn't people there have some type of Flip Video Cameras and get info for the media...or get it on youtube etc?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  24. jackie

    You are in my thoughts and prayers....You are also serving our country..You are American Heroes..your weapon is your camera and your voice...thank you for your service...

    February 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Steve Morrison

    With tomorrow's (Friday's) day of prayer, the "day of departure protest, and the new appearance of personnel carriers with black helmeted police, can we expect a Tiananmen Square 2.0? As Hala Gorani says we could expect something more severe.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Ahmed

    com'on Anderson, tell the world about what Mubarak is doing to us, imagine if he's doing this to western journalists, what he do to us. he want to rule us with thugs, we're educated human beings for god sakes

    February 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Alicia

    I really appreciate all of your efforts to get the story out to the world as to what is really going on in Cairo. I am so very worried about your safety. I pray for resolution of this crisis and you the CNN staff's safe return home.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  28. deborah nixon

    BBC reporting that when internet came back up flooded with pro-Mubarek postings. Seems to be planted messages- unidentified. So much confusion- nobody knows what's really happening

    February 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Hi, Anderson and crew...Please be carefull. We want you all to make it back home. I don't think that Mubarak will be leaving soon. When he say, he will die there, I believe him. But who is he going to take with him?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Emily J.

    Take care Anderson & company.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Nancy in Oregon

    George, I really doubt that the "U.S. is doing nothing". I'm sure the fur and phone calls are flying, that lots of stuff is happening under the radar. Best that way, I think. It needn't all be in our living rooms.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @George "Why is the U.S. Doing nothing?"

    We haven't figured out what side will win yet.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Danielle


    Is Mubarak getting senile or what saying there's to much chaos ....Doesn't Mubarak realize that he made the egyptian people this way....If he stays in till Sept. god knows what he'll do to get even with the people of egypt....He should leave Asap....He is not a president anymore he is a hitler...We are all worried about our news media there, stay safe...

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  34. lilly

    The CNN crew is amazing, as always worlwide leader on Breaking News. Anderson as always is not afraid to leave his NYC desk to become a civil war correspondent.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  35. Sue R. Canton MI.

    We rely on our journalists to get the story out to the people. It seems like Mubarak and his regime are wearing the people down. Their tired,supplies have been cut off and he knows that eventually the people will back off. Just the thought of having services cut off is frightning.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  36. Merl, Ohio

    What I don't understand is why the U.S. government has been giving over 1 billion dollars a year to fund Mubaraks military and not the people. How can anyone call this aide?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Jacob

    I don't believe there's a future for Mubarak in Egypt. Even if he claims that he will die on Egyptian soil, he will not achieve the martyrdom he's looking for. Things are too far gone at this point.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Darlene Grossman

    What is President Obama doing about helping with the safty of American Journalist? Do Anderson and others always have to be in hiding on order to report the true news about egypt?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  39. cicly

    all those peaceful people.for daya and days and days. for worse than nothing. we feel so sad and fearful for them.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Francine Parker

    Why can't the UN put in a transition team to assist with Mubareks departure and oversee democratic elections?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Nancy in Oregon,
    Nice see you on blog!!!!! I agree yours, Anderson is doing great, I hope he will come home soon I expect.... I miss you on blog! 🙂

    February 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Nancy in Oregon, "it's sad but true that many humans do not want a truth to come out."

    Welcome back Nancy! They know that what they are doing is wrong that is why they are trying to hide it from the world.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  43. Nancy in Oregon

    Yeah, Mike, it is starting to feel like the Chinese situation.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  44. Emily

    Why didn't the UN issue a statement condemning the violence against the Journalists, etc?
    They've been silent from the start! This would have been an ideal time for them to speak up!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nina – I don't think i have ever seen the UN direct an army or navy to any other country, no matter how aggregious (sp?) their behavior is.

    It does feel like something dark is about to happen.
    Almost All commentary today has stated the Egyptian Army is the answer.
    I hope the "discussions" between the US & Egytian Generals etc. are having a positive affect i.e. that Mubarke needs to be taken out of power by the Army.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Juliana in São Paulo

    Good evening Anderson and crew.

    It's good to see you and your crew are safe. Please, don't take any chances. You guys can only show us what's happening if you are alright. Be careful but thanks for your courage.

    May things work out peacefully for everyone.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Jordan

    Your doing a great job reporting, but please be safe.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  48. George

    Why is the U.S. Doing nothing?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  49. Derek

    Anderson, I wish you and your crew safety in cairo. GET OUT! Now! Also, please warn us when you going to show people hit and run over by cars. This situation is terrible for everyone.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  50. Ysan

    Instead of making money reporting the news & extending this debacle – & having heads of state make comments like 'this is unacceptable and has to stop now' – why don't they actually do something & stop this now???

    How many people will have to die before the UN cares enough to step in?

    All they want is freedom.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
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