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CNN's Crowley quizzes Egyptian PM on arrests

Check out this interview by CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. Good hustle by Crowley and her CNN producers in getting Shafiq on the phone and breaking into "Reliable Sources" to get it on the air.

The answers are somewhat slippery, but kudos to Crowley for pressing him on the government's role in the attacks and detention of journalists and human rights activists. Take a look.

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Seeing it, reminded me of a point I wanted to make earlier in the week about what I saw as a rather limited response from the Obama administration when journalists came under fierce attack Wednesday and Thursday. Tony Maddox, head of newsgathering for CNN International, called Thursday one of the worst days he had ever seen for attacks on the press, and I think Obama's public response at the time could have been stronger -- especially since virtually everyone believes the government with whom the administration is talking was responsible for the attacks. In fairness, we are now learning that the State Department did work behind the scenes to help some journalists who were detained.

But what do you think? I think I am glad Crowley and CNN are on the case and calling the Egyptian government out for it.


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