US television journalist sexually assaulted while reporting on Mubarak resignation
Published 17/02/2011 | 05:00
ONE of America's best-known female TV reporters was subjected to a horrific sex attack and beating while reporting on the tumultuous events in Egypt.
CBS's Lara Logan, the broadcaster's chief foreign affairs correspondent, was in Cairo's Tahrir Square last Friday after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down when she, her team and its security "were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration", the broadcaster revealed last night.
Ms Logan, who joined CBS News in 2002, 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.
Sexual harassment of women is all too common on the streets of Cairo. But many women noted an absence of it in the early days of protests in Tahrir Square, where demonstrators made a point of trying to create a microcosmic society without many of Egypt's social ills.
But in the final days after the battles with pro-Mubarak gangs who attacked the protesters in Tahrir, women noticed sexual assault had returned.
The attack on Ms Logan was one of at least 140 suffered by reporters covering the unrest in Egypt since January 30, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.