CBS journalist ‘sexually assaulted’ in Egypt

CBS News reporter Lara Logan is recovering in hospital after being attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, where thousands of people were celebrating the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

Logan was reporting on events in the square, where thousands of protesters had gathered to force Mubarak out. She became separated from the rest of her crew when a “mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy”, according to a statement from CBS.

Amid the celebratory scenes, Logan was “surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers”, said the statement released by CBS last night.

After the attack, Logan found the CBS team, returned to her hotel, and caught the first flight back to the US the next morning. She is now said to be recovering from the incident in hospital.

Logan, chief foreign affairs correspondent for the news channel, also sits on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which said it was “alarmed” at the news.

The same organisation has recorded 140 attacks on journalists in Egypt during the Mubarak protests. Paul Steiger, the committee’s chairman, said: “We have seen Lara’s compassion at work while helping journalists who have faced brutal aggression while doing their jobs. She is a brilliant, courageous and committed reporter. Our thoughts are with Lara as she recovers.”

(Source: The Guardian)

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