Wael Ghonim, Google's (GOOG) Middle East executive, was detained by the Egyptian government last week during the riots. He has not been heard from since Jan. 25, when he tweeted, "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die."
Reuters reports the U.S. State Department has been informed by a relative of Ghonim that he has been released in Egypt, a senior U.S. official said Monday.
Journalists covering the revolution in Egypt are also being targeted for assaults, according to multiple media reports.
"After shutting down the Internet and then reconnecting it at the start of this week, the regime has decided to target media personnel physically by unleashing its supporters in an unprecedented campaign of hatred and violence," Reporters Without Borders Secretary General Jean-François Julliard said in a statement last week. "This has gone beyond censorship. This is now about ridding Cairo of all journalists working for foreign news media."CNN talk show host Anderson Cooper reported he was attacked by rioters in Egypt. He decided to leave the country on Saturday, he said on Twitter. "It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave #Egypt. CNN continues to have many teams in place. It was a hard decision to leave," @andersoncooper tweeted. Protests throughout Cairo, Alexandria, and other Egyptian cities are now in their 14th day as demonstrators hope to force Mubarak's immediate resignation. -- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.
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