Published: Feb 04, 2011 8:59 PM EST
Updated: Feb 04, 2011 6:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it's working with the U.S. embassy in Cairo on getting American journalists who've been beaten or detained out of Egypt.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the U.S. government continues to receive disturbing reports about what he called a "very systematic targeting of journalists," particularly international journalists, as anti-government protests swell in Cairo.

Gibbs stopped short Friday of blaming the government of President Hosni Mubarak (HAHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk) for the attacks on reporters. But he said the actions were deplorable and "they speak volumes about the seriousness with which the government looks at an orderly transition."

The White House is working behind the scenes to push Mubarak from power ahead of September elections, in which he's pledged not to run again after a 30-year autocratic reign.

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