CBS Reporter Lara Logan Brutally Beaten & Sexually Assaulted while Covering Cairo Celebration
CBS correspondent Lara Logan was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by an Egyptian mob during frenzied celebrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak last Saturday, Reuters reports. The 39-year-old Logan, a veteran war correspondent, is currently recovering from her horrific ordeal in an American hospital.
According to CBS News, Logan and her crew were covering the jubilant celebration for 60 Minutes when they were surrounded by “a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy.” “In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She 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,” CBS said.
Logan, a native of South Africa who cut her teeth covering the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the 2003 American-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, is one of 52 journalists from around the globe who were attacked during the Egyptian revolution, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists, a media watchdog group. Logan was also detained by Egyptian authorities. One journalist, Ahmad Mohamed Mahmoud of Egypt’s Al-Ta’awun, was killed during the unrest.
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