A Journalist From Western New York Is Shaken After Violent Encounter In Egypt

February 4, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM EDT

By By: Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 4, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM EDT

In the last 24 hours, nearly 100 journalist and photographers have been attacked by mobs of violent Egyptian protesters who claim the media is against them and their cause.

One of the men attacked was ABC News Producer Brian Hartman who is originally from Western New York. Hartman was on his way from the Cairo airport to downtown when he was stopped at a checkpoint by who he thought were citizen police. Then one of them men demanded the driver get out. He then got in the vehicle and brought Hartman and his photographer, who was also in the car, to a compound full of angry Egyptian men.

The men threatened the lives of both Hartman and the photographer.

"A man in a police uniform about as angry as I've ever seen anybody in my life looking me in the eye. He couldn't control himself. He was so angry at the media bias and coverage he thought that our cover was bias. He says so help me god I will cut off your head and all the people around us were saying cut head now, cut head now," Hartman said.

The photographer Akram Abin-Hanna who was traveling with Hartman was of Middle Eastern decent and a veteran war photographer.

"We were going to be beheaded. I really thought this was it," Hanna said.

Hanna said instinct kicked in when he grabbed one of the Egyptian men, hugging and kissing him on both cheeks. Hartman said he believes those kind actions of Hanna saved both of their lives.

Hartman and Hanna did escape without injury but the danger is not over for the media covering the protests. As these journalists try to get the word out about the unrest in Egypt, they say the protesters are getting angrier and more violent.