CBS Correspondent Beaten & Raped In Egypt

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was recovering in a U.S. hospital Tuesday from a sexual attack and beating she sustained while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo.
Logan was in the city's Tahrir Square on Friday after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down when she, her team and their security "were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS said in a statement Tuesday.
The network described a mob of more than 200 people "whipped into a frenzy."
Separated from her crew in the crush of the violent pack, she suffered what CBS called "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating." She was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers, the network said. The Associated Press does not name victims of a sexual assault unless the victim agrees to it.
She reconnected with the CBS team and returned to the U.S. on Saturday.
The scene last Friday in Tahrir Square -- ground zero of 18 days of protests that brought down Mubarak -- was primarily one of celebration -- people wept, jumped for joy, cheered and hugged one another. Some soldiers stationed at the square ran into the crowd, and the protesters lifted them onto their shoulders. Other troops stayed at their posts, watching in awe. There were fireworks, the sound of car horns and even some shots fired in the air.
The attack on Logan, CBS News' chief foreign affairs correspondent, is one of at least 140 others suffered by reporters covering the unrest in Egypt since Jan. 30, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. An Egyptian reporter died from gunshot wounds he received during the protests.
A week before Friday's attack, Logan was detained by the Egyptian military for a day, along with two CBS cameramen. They returned to the U.S. after their release, and Logan went back to Cairo shortly before Mubarak left.
Logan joined CBS News in 2002. She regularly reports for the "CBS Evening News" as well as "60 Minutes," where she has been a correspondent since 2006. She has reported widely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and other global trouble spots.
CBS said it had no further comment on Logan's assault.

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  • by J Location: Oregon on Feb 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    I'm saddened by the comments I'm reading. Ms. Logan was doing her job and was attacked. Period. She received unsolicited violence. I to hope and pray for her recovery. Ms. Logan did NOTHING to warrant this violent attack. It was a group of opportunists.
  • by Christine Location: Charlotte on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    My heart goes out to her. Hope that she can recover from that. It's not as easy as people think. But I will pray that she can come through this stronger and braver then she was before. I am sorry that this happened to her. No one should have to go through that. But I find it ironic that women helped her. When there are mobs of people, they really should have sent a man there to get the story. Not saying that women can't do this kind of work, but when there is a possiblity that it could happen, CBS has a duty to protect their news people. God bless her and be with her.
  • by david Location: charlotte on Feb 16, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    i wonder if it was wise for cbs to send a woman over there i hope that she heals from this and i will pray for her but wheres the common seinse maybe next time cbs will use a little more restaint next time something like this comes up
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    love the way you lie
  • by ak Location: lansing on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    How sad. This is why we shouldn't be over there. Whether they are happy or protesting and angry we don't belong there. Its just too dangerous. My prayers go out to this reporter as she recovers.
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