ABC News correspondent Miguel Marquez attacked while covering protests in Bahrain

Once again, an American journalist has been attacked while covering unrest in the Middle East. On Wednesday, ABC News correspondent Miguel Marquez was set upon by protesters and beaten in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. As The New York Times reports, a group of demonstrators suddenly snatched Marquez’s camera out of his hands and began to hit him with billy clubs. ABC News has posted an audio clip of the attack on their website; in it, Marquez pleads with his attackers, “No! No! No! Hey, I’m a journalist here!” as they begin to assail him. He was not seriously injured.

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  • Inspector Clouseau

    First of all, this information on the journalists is terrible. Certainly don’t want to see them get hurt, or worse!
    Just throwing this idea out for discussion: why do these reporters always have to be in front of the camera? Can’t they report on what they see, using the pictures, without having to always put themselves into the frame? Sometimes it’s as much about them being in the shot as the shot. None of them ever disguise themselves, they want to be seen. Wear a disguise, voice-over the images you see…REPORT. Don’t star.
    Again, this is terrible information, but I think the reporting strategy could change in some ways.

    • harry

      Good point!

      • Jillyro

        Agree, it’s not like the public sees anything a bunch of angry people in mobs yelling so why the need to be right there?!!

    • Bebe

      “Can’t they report on what they see, using the pictures, without having to always put themselves into the frame?”

      Apparently not. This current generation of so-called journalists think of themselves as stars. Do you think for a minute that Anderson Cooper would report on a new story if he wasn’t able to squeeze his pointy little face into the frame? No way! The news is secondary to these people getting their face time on camera.

  • Adi

    Hillary, you are confused. The reporter was attacked by pro-government thugs. Go listen to his audio and you see that the protesters were being attacked by tear gas and then the reporter was attacked by “thugs” who wanted to clear the square.

  • Sam

    I am a Bahraini. We need some people like Miguel in Bahrain and in all similar countries to shows the reality to the world. Thank you ABC and special thanx to Miguel.

  • Phoenix

    Yeah okay, he got attacked by protesters. I’ll buy that for a dollar.

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