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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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15 Comments

  1. LoulaFebruary 16, 2011 at 11:32 amReply

    I am an egyptian citizen and I would like to make a correction here.
    This can’t be during the celebration when mubarak stepped down, or she wouldn’t say I would “go back” if it were an interview with hosni mubarak because he left the country after he stepped down. If she is a journalist she must have been well aware of the fact.
    And, the time when the accusations of being a spy for a foreign government where after mubarak’s second speech when the protesters split into pro and anti mubarak supporters and mubarak’s regime released thugs into the streets to beat up anti mubarak protesters in the hope that people would refrain from protesting against him out of fear. Please get your facts straight, because during the celebration, there were NO attacks on ANY journalists. Attacks on foreigners and journalists were by the pro mubarak thugs before mubarak stepped down because international media to them is a threat because its the only way egyptians get access to unbiased clear information as opposed to the state channels.
    You HAVE to make a distinction between the thugs who attacked her and the peaceful protesters that went out celebrating when he stepped down.

  2. PeggyFebruary 16, 2011 at 5:10 pmReply

    Loula,
    How do you know that “during the celebration there were NO attacks on ANY journalists”? Were you there? Do you think that simply being of Egyptian descent and believing yourself to be above the sort of barbaric behaviour her attackers displayed means that all other Egyptians present in Cairo are also above reproach? The pro-Mubarek thugs aren’t the only ones capable of such animalistic behaviour.

  3. BillFebruary 16, 2011 at 6:52 pmReply

    Loula, I have to agree with Peggy…unless you witnessed this brutal act, how can you assume to know who was involved. The media may have taken liberties with their depiction but to counter that with your own assumptions is not objective. Whoever did attack this reporter are thugs by definition but to assume they are Pro-Mubarak thugs is to assume a bit much. Whatever the facts, I feel for this woman and I wish her all the best.

  4. CarolanneFebruary 17, 2011 at 4:11 amReply

    The sexual attack on Lara Logan shows how uncivilized the people really are over in Egypt. Five hundred years behind, to be exact.

    • Moral Low GroundFebruary 17, 2011 at 7:55 amReplyAuthor

      So next time somebody gets raped in, say, Albuquerque, does this demonstrate how uncivilized the people of New Mexico are?

  5. VOX POPULIFebruary 17, 2011 at 9:50 amReply

    Moral Low: Thanks for asking that question – the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES – the next time that somebody in New Mexico is publicly beaten and gang raped in a public square by 200 people – that will demonstrate how uncivilized the people of New Mexico are.

  6. CarolanneFebruary 17, 2011 at 12:06 pmReply

    So, tell me. When did you ever read about a beautiful blonde, blue-eyed young reporter reporting in the streets in New Mexico, being publicly beaten and gang raped in a public square by 200 people, during a celebration for freedom? Sorry, your comment doesn’t justify the uncivilized human beings over in Egypt. The only difference of this happening in New Mexico and not Egypt is in New Mexico, the citizens are allowed to carry guns, instead of rocks and sticks. If a woman is approached, she can shoot them in self-defense.

  7. JusticeFebruary 18, 2011 at 11:21 amReply

    You won’t because they woman that they do kidnap in Mexico are drugged and used as prostitutes. Honestly its a sad day when you can’t have a female do media coverage on a country celebrating freedom. Put yourself in her shoes for once , she is trying to make a living like the rest of us but these thugs beat and rape her. Your telling me that there wasn’t one good person in that crowd except the woman and soldiers to help her. It really burns my ass and I think justice needs served. I would use every resource I had to bring these thugs to justice and with the word justice I mean hanged. I would be ashamed if I was a native of Africa right now. Lara Logan may god be with you and the citizens of the U.S.A are behind you.

  8. PeaceFebruary 18, 2011 at 10:06 pmReply

    Scary times we live in..We need another great flood to wash away the middle east.

  9. CarolanneFebruary 22, 2011 at 4:22 amReply

    The movie ,Taken, starring Liam Neeson, is a very prevalent movie. More people should watch it and take heed, and realize that women trafficking, among other persecutions against women, is a reality.

  10. A.March 1, 2011 at 2:16 amReply

    It’s sad that civilian men didn’t help her.

  11. NewsCollectiveMarch 5, 2011 at 9:43 pmReply

    Lara logan is the perfect example for the passion shown towards journalism
    http://www.newscollective.com/blog/?p=3729

    • MargarettaAugust 10, 2011 at 8:52 pmReply

      For the love of God, keep writing these alrtices.

  12. Liam.November 22, 2011 at 2:38 pmReply

    Fucking morons. You think just coz we have McDonalds and Coca-Cola and 400 t.v channels then we must be the righteous ones and the rest of the world are backwards? Mob mentality maybe prevelent in underdeveloped countries but I don’t see the east carving up the globe and scaring its surface with “industry” to the same extent that the supposed developed world is. And where it has it is usually in the name of keeping it’s hand in the global economy, a forced hand. I can dig the east being left to do their own thing. America crumbling would be far more benificial to the long term plan of Earth and the people that inhabit it. A puppy dog with sharp teeth and the global awareness of a poached egg hell bent on the notion that the rest of the world gives a shit about it and wants a Burger King on every street. And using rape scenarios as some kind of measuring tool to determine the state of a country’s social climate is the kind of shit I’d expect to hear from some num-nuts westerner convinced of their own superiority because we follow celebrities on Twitter and have X-box. We’re the cunts. Fuck the western world, America, and all the self indulgent, self righteous consumerist bullshit that apparently makes us much better than ol Abdul and his flock of goats.

  13. zachSeptember 13, 2012 at 6:58 pmReply

    can we go ahead and declare war on islam already? is society somehow better with their practices? this is fucking disgusting. the beautiful white woman should have never been there. wtf are these journalists thinking, that they are immune because they are doing a job? get the fuck away from that place, your job is not worth getting raped or beheaded or crucified for.

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