The news that Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak is stepping down was greeted with emotional responses around the world, and among those to react strongly was Anderson Cooper, who was attacked last week while on assignment in Cairo for CNN, Examiner.com reported.
“Fear has been defeated in Egypt. There is no turning back,” Cooper wrote on his Twitter page. Cooper and other Western journalists, including teams from Fox News and CBS, were drawn into the violence in Egypt as both protesters and Mubarak supporters took to the streets in an increasingly hostile national crisis.
The turmoil in Egypt has boosted cable news viewership, and the major outlets have maintained a constant presence in the country. A number of outlets announced prematurely on Thursday morning that Mubarak’s resignation was imminent, with Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all making similar reports. Egypt’s information minister reportedly later made the announcement that Mubarak would not step down.
But today Mubarak’s resignation became official, sparking a massive celebration outside his palace, Bloomberg reported.
CNN’s Cooper also talked about his experience in Egypt this week on “Late Show With David Letterman,” saying that the vast majority of the people in the streets were anti-Mubarak protesters while some of the pro-government forces “were probably secret police. I have no doubt it was organized.”