Cbs Reporter Lara Logan

February 16, 2011 by staff 

Cbs Reporter Lara Logan, (AFP) – Top CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan has suffered a brutal sexual assault at the hands of a crowd in Egypt while covering the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, the network said. Logan was on the central Tahrir Cairo on Friday, the day Mubarak resigned and was separated from her crew in the crowd, the television network of the United States said in a statement. She and her team and their safety were surrounded by a dangerous element in the middle of the celebration. It was a crowd of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy, “said CBS. “In the rush of the crowd, she was separated from her crew.”

Logan was surrounded and suffered a brutal attack and sustained sexual and beaten before being rescued by a group of women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers. ”

It was stolen in the United States the next day and “is currently in hospital recovering,” the statement said.

Separation and assault lasted between 20 and 30 minutes, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The source added, “It was not rape.”

The CBS statement said: “There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and privacy of the family respectfully requests at this time.”

South Africa-born Logan, 39, has covered conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, becoming a media correspondents U.S. war most recognizable. She became head of CBS News foreign correspondent in 2006.

At least 140 journalists since January 30 have been injured or killed while covering the demonstrations in Egypt, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said.

On February 2 Logan reported from Alexandria that soldiers and plainclothes officers prevented her and her crew filming in the street, and marched under the threat to their hotel.

“We were accused of being more than journalists,” Logan pointed out. “Very scary suggestions have been made suggestions that could be very dangerous for us.”

The next day the soldiers held her and her crew in Cairo and interrogated overnight, then told to leave Egypt.

“We were arrested by the Egyptian army,” Logan told the political blog of Esquire magazine. “Arrested, detained and interrogated. Blindfolded, handcuffed, taken at gunpoint, beaten our driver. This is the regime that stopped us. ”

“They kept us in awkward positions -. They would not let me put my head down, he has been throughout the night, we were completely exhausted,” said Logan.

“We were accused of being Israeli spies. We have been accused of being agents. We have been accused of everything,” she said to Esquire, as she was boarding a plane to return to Egypt to cover the downfall of President Mubarak.

Lara Logan had already been arrested in Egypt when she decided to go back to what turned out to be the closest
CBS News revealed that Logan was surrounded in Tahrir Square and “suffered a brutal attack and sustained sexual and beaten before being rescued by a group of women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers.” She was hospitalized on her return to the United States.

Sources familiar with the situation said Logan has recovered to the point that she should be released from the hospital Wednesday and reunited with her two young children. It is described as being remarkably good spirits despite her ordeal.

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