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SVT reporter: I could have been killed

SVT reporter: I could have been killed

Published: 08 Feb 2011 06:49 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Feb 2011 06:49 GMT+01:00

Sundström was beaten by a mob while covering the unrest in the Egyptian capital and said that he felt lucky to be alive.

"The fundamental thing is that I am alive. I was very brutally beaten and stabbed, so a little bad luck, I would have been dead. So my underlying feeling is that I am grateful to be alive."

Bert Sundstrom said on Monday night in an interview with SVT colleagues for the first time since the attack last Thursday.

The reported remains in the care of a Cairo hospital pending his return to Sweden.

There has been speculation that Sundström was attacked by the Egyptian security forces. He was unable to shed light on that on Monday.

"It was a mob which attacked me. One or two people started it and then there were a large number.

"Then, as I understand it, left at the hospital by a group of army soldiers."

According to Bert Sundstrom, the doctors have said that his prospects of making a full recovering are are good.

"I hope that within a few days I will be able to be transported to Sweden, because it's obviously quite difficult to be here where everyone speaks Arabic and only a few speak a little English."

Sundström on Monday received his first visit from SVT colleagues - photographer Richard Edholm and foreign reporter Eve Elmsäter - for which he said he was very grateful.

As soon as his condition permits, Bert Sundstrom will be flown home to Sweden.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

07:25 February 8, 2011 by mcwin1
Thank you Bert!
08:00 February 8, 2011 by UScitizen
These Egyptians want a change in government and the government wants to control the media and cover up what is happening so why is a mob attacking foreigners? Especially foreign reporters who could help their cause? I guess when mob violence begins, it knows no boundries.

So now we know how they treat western people but how do they treat their own? According to Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian Google executive who was one of the mail organizers who started the protests, then went missing on Jan. 27 with his whereabouts unknown until Sunday, when a prominent Egyptian political figure confirmed he was under arrest and would soon be released. :

"I was taking a taxi, suddenly four people surrounded the car, I yelled 'Help me, Help me' I was blindfolded then taken away."

"The treatment was very good, they knew I was a good Egyptian. I was blindfolded for 12 days, I didn't see their faces," Ghonim said."

Despite this "good" treatment, Ghonim did witness violence. "I saw a film director get slapped, they told him 'You will die here' Why?"

Why? He probably wasn't a good Egyptian. He was probably a foreigner.
23:24 February 9, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
(begin rant)

OK, The Local has shown once again, selective censorship of allowing comments.

They just posted a story on the Somali Terrorist being released pending a 4 year prison term. First, comments where a plenty, then all of a sudden, they were all taken down, and now none are allowed?

Could it be that this "news" site is being controlled by muslims?

There could be no other explaination, allowing selective comments only shows censorship of the readers and the sponsors that pay for advertising services could be affected by the readers not buying the products they sell because The Local insulting it's client base.

Why not be fair and close all comments then?

(rant over)

Regarding this article...

Know Islam... NO Peace.

NO Islam... Know PEACE

Just Sayin' : )
09:56 February 11, 2011 by loudasthunder
Maybe now the world will think twice about visiting these unruly countries of peace.
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