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. Lori

    This is very destructive. There is nothing good about what is happening right now.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    At this point I won't trust anyone.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Diane


    We stand with you and all your brave brothers and sisters in the square tonight. From Canada, I can only cry and pray for all your safety. May the Almighty Creator bless you all and keep you all safe. Miracles can happen, we must believe it.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Merl, Ohio

    My ancestors fought for democracy. I'm proud of you Ahmed, and all that are fighting for democracy. Please stay safe our prayers go with you.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Janis

    The protesters shouldn't let themselves be surrounded with no way in or out of the square.
    I suppose, Mubarak will lay seige to them until they give up or leave. He'll eat away at them little by little (example of police vans running over people,etc.) until it breaks their will. Stay strong!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  6. Dawn

    I saw that Mubarek is 82 years old somewhere in an article today. That's older than my Mom and I am 54. Just how hard would it have been to seek a transition a few years ago, if only for the reasonable goal of retirement? It must be either a Ramses (or Brett Favre) complex. Even Castro pretended at least, to step down.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Emily

    Why has the "Egyptian Museum" been the landmark were all the battles have taken place? What the significances of it?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ anyone in Egypt; Dutch journalist today recognized a man on the square among the peaceful protesters, who -yesterday- was pro Mubarak. Be careful
    I wish you all peace, democracy and freedom of speech and press

    February 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  9. deborah nixon

    Horrifying scene of government van just driving over people. Government killing its own people. The world has seen governments attacking its citizens. think Tiannamen Square. There were no repercussions to China for that. Everyone is begging to do business with them. At the end of the day, everyone is upset but if money is to be made in Egypt, they will quickly forget what the government has done. Money drives everything- at disregard for human life.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

    I am very concerned for Anderson and his team, I hope and pray that they stay safe and well. As we all believe and support democracy, no one supports violence of any nature. I agree, the journalists are there to report on both sides of this very important story and their safety, ensures that the truth will be told. Censorship and violence, only contributes to confusion.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Emily

    That palace does look like a "compound" doesn't it?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Gretchen

    What's happening in Egypt is not surprising.It is what has happened through out history ,when people who want their freedom comes up against power.Just the same as African americans here in this country.Blacks caught hell,many died but they kept fighting,same as South africa ,but they kept fighting.Egypt has to keep fighting asa others did even if it takes years.Freedom is worth the fight.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  13. Cathie

    Please be safe Anderson and all. Get out when it's safe to do so

    February 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Lori

    I am glad to see Anderson tonight.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  15. lilly

    I'm always amazed on how politics, could make neighbors turn against each other so quickly. Later on today in Cairo it will not be peaceful.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Sharon Hastings

    I'm not sure Anderson wants to leave but reading between the lines it sounds like it may not be safe to get to the airport even. Maybe must keep moving to safe locations if there is such a place. Again, stay safe please!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I think we all have had a live picture of Cairo's crisis to last us all a lifetime.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Merl, Ohio

    It is not only a civil war it is a revolution, for there are a lot of other countries involved through aide and journalism. I feel all countries should pay close attention, for this will affect all!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  19. Doreen Petersen

    Thoughts and prayers are with all the journalists and the people of Egypt. Stay safe. Let us know what you can when you can about what is going on there. The world needs to know.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  20. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "This is looking like Tiananmen Square in China."

    And China still enjoys a most favored nation status with the US. Our government is hypocritical when it comes to the issue of human rights.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Samir Khalaf

    A C you and your team are doing hell of a good job, please be careful as the pro Mubarak showed no mercy...

    February 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Ahmed – I send you blessings for your endeavor. May God be with you and all others who are with you.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  23. Joan

    How about satelite coverage or filming from a satelite or plane.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  24. Ahmed

    last week Mubarak cut off the internet and mobile phones from all of the country in order to make it hard for us to connect with each other and to shoot live ammunition on us without anyone saying anything, this will only show you how this dictator willing to do to hang on to power, the whole country cut off communication for god sakes, but no, we're fed up, I WANT MY DEMOCRACY, I want to go to ballot and cast my vote and it counts. Pride

    February 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Sue from Syracuse

    When a leader is a "quiet dictator" the person is extremely powerful and knows all the inner ropes. It is difficult to discern friend from enemy in such a situation. The situation is extremely dangerous for all Americans.
    I recommend all Americans to observe "Adab" the more desirable Islamic behaviors, in interaction with people. Do NOT provoke. Match nicety with equal or more nicety and you will make friends.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  26. Carolann in Texas

    @Jonathan Brinn – complety agree with you about the satellites and drones.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  27. romeo g. nabong

    I sympathized with the egyptian. I hope the people will take it to a more civil and peaceful resolution...

    February 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  28. Jennifer

    I worried about AC and his team while watching CNN coverage today. When there were no live reports, or even recorded ones, I wondered if you were one of the detained journalists. Stay safe and keep brining us this important story. I also am concerned as to why it is so important for Egypt to shut down the media today – what are they planning?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  29. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Ahmed, hope you get what you want, and hope you and everyone makes it through alive !

    No one here believes the hype the regime puts out.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Marcelle

    It seems scary... I hope for all involved, journalist, foreigners, and the brave Egyptian protesters that our fears are not realized. Thanks for all you do.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Deb

    Civil war was mentioned – that's what this has turned into alright.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  32. Janis

    I hope Obama is on the phone with Mubarak or his highest military general right now. If he is tough and has the mettle to be a great president, now is the time.

    The journalists are gone so that the world can't be a witness to what's going on. The apathy of the world is frightening. Especially the US.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  33. Lorien

    The Egyptian police have attacked many journalists and reporters and confiscated their cameras so as to be able to perform another massacre tomorrow without coverage!!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Timothy

    You are what makes the Dictator most fearful. Light...Shine the Light on what is happening. If you and other reporters can continue this he will not be able to get away with a mass killing. God be with you and your crew Anderson. God be with all truth seekers in Egypt.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Liz in NY

    Beating up on journalists! Could Mubarak (or someone in the current regime) be goading the U.S. to get further involved?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Jonathan Brinn

    Where are our spy satellites? Where are our drones? The world needs to see what is happening. We have the technology not to let Mubarak hide what is about to happen.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,
    "Food and oil prices world wide are already rising already. Not good for anyone"
    I know about the oil prices; and this is just what we can see! Remember they were chanting "Jihad" the other night?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Conrad Baugh


    I think the US is doing as much as it can, but it's a very fine line between coercion and interference. The recent attack on journalists, especially well-known journalists like Anderson Cooper, is a bit of a game-changer, but there's a lot of urgency in the US tone already.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Carolann in Texas

    At what point does this become a humanitarian crisis? No money in the ATMs. No food in the stores. Terrorizing Oxfam, Amnesty International, etc... What's next?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Jackie Rochester, NY

    Shahira Amin, kudos to you for making a stand against state run censorship. You are a brave woman in a time of chaos in your country. All classes of Egyptians need to know that foreigners aren't trying to interfere with your country. This is a time for the Egyptian people while the world stands witness.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Jacob

    The situation seems to be progressing in one of two ways. There is no future for Mubarak in Egypt. He will either have to flee the country or die a tyrant. The protestors will not yield, and even if they are removed by force, there is too much attention on Egypt on the global scale for such an act to pass with no consequence.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    God bless Shahira Amin for her courage!! And Hebra M. too!

    Without Ms. Amin, a member of the media, and Anderson & his Team and All the other media, we, the world, would not know the truth of what is happening in Egypt!

    The Egytian gov. clearly is trying to blame "foreigners" for All of the problems. What an outrage!

    February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Kimberly in Sac

    Nancy, I agree with you somewhat. I think it's wise to calculate every step and not move in too quickly. We don't want to lose an important ally in that region. But the Mubarak government has allowed Egypt to become an all out war zone. At some point someone has to step in to bring some kind of decorum.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Karyn, Indiana

    @Carolann in TX: All non-emergency personnel have been evac'd.. extra military is assisting at the Embassy and guarding outside

    February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  45. iman el mahallawi

    The problem now is that this corrupted state that the regime has flowered and watered has deliberately made a defence and attack line consisting of thousands of thugs that are brutal and they send them to complete their dirty jobs just like they did through elections these people are effectively holding power now not Mubarek if Mubarek steps down now what is assurance that these elements are eliminated?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Anderson, can the government locate the signals of you show?

    February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  47. Steve Morrison (Canada)

    @JC. Merchant marine vessels used for evacuation is not possible, not likely any empty ships in the area. Plus moving of US and other western nationals to ports by bus or convoy is logistically impossible and, would provide pro government forces a number of targets for violence.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Nicole The Netherlands

    Anderson put on some translated excerpts of Egyptian state television.
    Then -everyone- can see the propaganda they put out to the people.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Nagy Darwish

    I had a telephone conversation with my ex in Cairo, she told me that this Friday will be important to all free egyptian and I think they will marsh from tahrer square to the presedent office. Thet call it the leaving Friday, Hope and pray that all this will come to an end. God bless you Anderson

    February 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Conrad Baugh, I know there are 'reports', but I've yet to see ant first hand evidence.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
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