Greg Palkot is one of my favorite journalists at Fox News. He has been doing a yoeman’s work covering the Cairo story. Fox has reported that Greg and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were both severely beaten yesterday by pro-Mubarak supporters. You may remember Olaf Wiig’s name. He was kidnapped by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, along with Fox News’ Steve Centanni in 2006. They were held for about 13 days in Baghdad.
Here’s the story on Greg and Olaf (transcription from video)
Fox News not immune to this either. Two of most prominent and veteran correspondents and camera crews yesterday, were set upon themselves.
Greg Palkot, whom you’ve seen with all his amazing coverage of the protests for the last few days and Olaf Wiig, his dedicated cameraman, were in a position above Tahrir Square yesterday reporting on the incidents going on there, reporting on the back and forth between the demonstrators and the pro-government forces.
They were forced to leave their position when a molotov cocktail was thrown and a large fire erupted and they were forced to flee. They ran out and right into the pro-Mubarak crowd, and were severely beaten -beaten to the point that they had to be taken to the hospital. They spent the night in the hospital. The extent of their injuries was fairly grave…
John Roberts, the new guy at Fox (formerly with CNN), says Palkot and Wiig got separated in melee, and both got “the stuffing beaten out them.” Eventually, they tried to run to an armored personnel carrier. Not sure if they made it or not. The ran into the pro-Mubarak group as they were trying to get away from a large fired from a lobbed molotov cocktail.
On a day when a Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Leila Fadel is arrested in Cairo, Fox News’ Greg Palkot and Wiig are attacked, and Fox’s Ashley Webster was threatened in his own hotel room, Brian Hartman and a ABC news crew were carjacked and threatened with beheading:
Hartman says it was only through the appeal of Abi-hanna, who is Lebanese and a veteran ABC cameraman, that they were saved from being killed or severely beaten.
“We thought we were goners,” Hartman said later. “We absolutely thought we were doomed.”
Word of their harrowing ordeal came in a Twitter message from Hartman that stated, “Just escaped after being carjacked at a checkpoint and driven to a compound where men surrounded the car and threatened to behead us.”
“The men released us only after our camera man appealed to the generous spirit of the Egyptian people, hugging and kissing an elder,” he added in a subsequent tweet.
Christiane Amanpour, who interviewed Hosni Mubark, was also threatened. I can’t stand the woman…do not like talking about her. You can read that story here.
Greg Palkot and Olaf Wigg Beaten in Cairo (video)