CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Separated From Her Crew and Brutally Assaulted on Day Mubarak Stepped Down
Via CBS News, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into 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. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.
CNN reports that earlier during the Cairo protests, Logan and her crew were detained overnight and interrogated. “We were not attacked by crazy people in Tahrir Square,” Logan told Esquire’s The Politics Blog about the February 3 incident. “We were detained by the Egyptian army. Arrested, detained and interrogated. Blindfolded, handcuffed, taken at gunpoint, our driver beaten. It’s the regime that arrested us. They arrested (our producer) just outside of his hotel, and they took him off the road at gunpoint, threw him against the wall, handcuffed him, blindfolded him. Took him into custody like that.”
Prayers for her recovery and the crew. And prayers that Egypt will in turn have a true”democracy”. Because I’m sure the country and their women (and foreign reporters) won’t be any better off with the Muslim Brotherhood in power.
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